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Gov. Malloy Says No to Border Tolls

Danbury and Stamford can breath a little easier. Gov. Malloy said he opposes tolls on the state's borders. He didn't say he opposes tolls entirely.

 

Gov. Dannel Malloy said this week he opposes tolls on the state's borders.

Speaking to the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Malloy was careful about his words, saying the U.S. government turned down two states in this economic downturn that sought tolls, but he said those states wanted border tolls.

"I do not promote border tolls," Malloy said, speaking in response to a question from Stephen Bull, president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. Malloy said people who support border tolls are always people who don't live on the border. "That's politics 101. Tax some other guy. They're all for it."

When Malloy elaborated on his answer, he said Connecticut will face a shortage of transportation money when car mileage doubles over the next 10 years. He said sell half the gas, earn half the tax revenue. The state has to figure out where to make up that shortage.

Malloy was speaking to the chamber at the corporate relocation company Cartus on Apple Ridge Road, and about 200 people attended the gathering. Malloy spoke one day before the legislative session opens Wednesday in Hartford.

Malloy said he will present his budget to the legislature on Feb. 5, and Connecticut doesn't know what the Federal Government will give the state, so creating a new state budget will be more difficult because of federal uncertainty.

rob2013 January 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Here are a few problems with tolls for CT: Not everyone uses the EZ-Pass system. Last year, I waited for 90 minutes in line at the George Washington Bridge in NY before I could even get to the EZ-Pass lane. People in lines use gas --- a non-renewable resourse! Toll booths are a waste of our work force. It's a lot more productive to have these people be security guards at our schools than just taking coins. Automatic taxes such as the fuel tax does not require hundreds of people collecting coins. Make new lanes for EZ pass? I thought we had a budget problem. You want new construction just for toll facilities? "One stipulation - toll revenues must go into a dedicated fund for transportation needs alone." ... you dream! Since when to politician abid by this sort of stipulation? Back in the 80s we thought the chance of an accident at the toll plaza was remote too. But it happened. As Sir Winston Churchill said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

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