HARTFORD - State Sen. Gennaro Bizzarro is urging residents to join him today in raising opposition to the governor’s proposal for tolls at a public hearing at the Legislative Office building.
On Tuesday, the newly sworn in state legislator participated in a press conference to draw attention to the two bills that will be discussed during the public hearing at 11 a.m. today.
“Bill 7202 allows the state to put tolls on Routes 84, 91, 95, and 15,” Bizzarro said. “Another bill, Bill 7280, says that a tolling proposal submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be ‘deemed approved’ if the General Assembly does not hold a vote within 15 days. In other words, elected officials wouldn’t even have to vote!”
The bill must be passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by the governor before it gets set into motion.
Residents can share their opinions with the Transportation Committee by sending a written statement to TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov with “No to Bills 7202 and 7280” in the subject line.
Gov. Ned Lamont is pushing a plan for tolls in Connecticut for all vehicles as a way to fund much needed infrastructure repairs. During his campaign for governor, Lamont announced his support for a plan to only toll tractor trailers, following in the footsteps of neighboring Rhode Island that imposed tolls on truckers in 2018 to fund its statewide highway and bridge repair program. According to the Providence Journal, Rhode Island began charging tractor-trailers a fee at two spots on Interstate 95 despite the opposition of the trucking industry, which has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the system’s constitutionality.
But after the election, Lamont revised his position saying all vehicles should be subject to tolls.
“People need to know that tolls would not just be on the state borders, and tolls could be on all vehicles,” Bizzarro said. “This will be a mileage tax, plain and simple. I am urging concerned business owners and motorists to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Toll opponents will be wearing red. It’s important to have all voices heard. Tell your friends and neighbors and co-workers. Now is the time to raise your voices if you don’t want this legislation to pass.”
Bizzarro represents the communities of New Britain, Berlin and part of Farmington.
The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Ave.
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