The Obama administration moved to open the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs - essentially abdicating the federal government's responsibility to fund the interstate highway system.
This is very bad news for western Connecticut’s economy and environment if steps are taken to bring tolls to Connecticut’s border towns.
The proposal, contained in a
White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal
prohibition on most interstate tolling.
Any move to revive the idea of interstate tolls for
placement in border areas like greater Danbury should be stalled immediately. Tolls on Connecticut’s western border would drive
motorists to take local roads to avoid them, creating traffic bottlenecks in those
neighborhoods and additional air pollution. Border toll proponents say
most of the toll revenue will come from non-Connecticut residents, but what
about the person from greater Danbury who drives to work in
New York, every morning?
In recent years, the State of
Connecticut has raided over $187 million of taxpayer money that was supposed to
be directed to transportation projects such as upkeep of roads and
bridges. Instead, that money was used to balance the state budget.
Tolls are taxes. We are overtaxed
already. We need to get our spending under control. We need to get
honest in how Connecticut taxpayers’ money is being handled.
I have fought back past attempts to
bring border tolls to Connecticut and I will continue strong
opposition based on this week’s news from the White House.