Sen. Toni Boucher: Say no to tolls

Toni Boucher

Toni Boucher

On Feb. 27, the legislature’s Transportation Committee conducted a public hearing on bills proposing tolls and congestion pricing on Connecticut highways. You may know that I have been a longtime opponent of tolls. The main reason I oppose them is because tolls are just another tax on Connecticut drivers and they are taxed enough already.

The legislators who propose tolls fail to say that the individuals who will be hurt by tolls most are middle-class and low-income workers. When congestion pricing is added into the equation, the burden is compounded. Average workers cannot dictate their work schedules and will be the ones forced to pay the higher, congestion prices, which essentially amounts to a pay cut for them.

Other problems with putting tolls on Connecticut highways are:

  • Connecticut drivers will be disproportionately impacted.
  • Drivers trying to avoid tolls will increase congestion and wear-and-tear on local roads.
  • Implementing tolls could jeopardize federal funding.
  • Tolls don’t guarantee a reduction or elimination of the gas tax.
  • Toll funds are not guaranteed to be spent on transportation.
  • The cost of food and other merchandise delivered on toll roads will increase.
  • Danbury Fair Mall and other border community merchants could lose business.
  • Installation of new, electronic tolls will be incredibly expensive and take years to complete.

I know the majority of my constituents opposed tolls in the past, but as co-chair of the Transportation Committee, I cannot testify or submit written testimony on bills that come before the committee. However, you can submit testimony and let other legislators know that tolls are a bad idea for Connecticut.

For those who could not make it to Hartford but want to have their voices heard, send an email to tratestimony@cga.ct.gov and put “Say No to Tolls” in the subject line.

Sen. Boucher represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

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  • Tim Ho

    How about reviewing the history of tolling in these United States? That would be talking about ALL the “Private Public Partnerships” (3P) that were left in dust as reality of ‘return on investment’ set in. (Indiana, California’s two, three, perhaps four time bankrupt publicly funded tollways, Michigan and elsewhere. Rather than fuss about history, go on to read about reality. The reality is that the CRS and/or CBO determined the age old method of municipal bond funding is actually 10% more economical over ALL other methods of oil drilling.
    The only value of toll roads is that they allow politicians to proclaim they ‘never raised taxes’ when basic inflation mandates they do so. How pitiful

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