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Lamont Pulls The Plug On Tolls

Elise Amendola

A “frustrated” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has pulled the plug on his truck-only highway toll proposal. The tolls would have helped pay for Lamont’s 10-year transportation infrastructure plan.

Lamont says he decided to ditch the toll idea after Democratic leaders in the Senate asked for five more days to line up votes, while Republicans threatened a 30-hour filibuster.

“You want to take if from the rainy day fund. You want to do tractor-trailers. But don’t say I can’t make up my mind, I need another week, need another week, I need another week. I’ve heard that for a year. I’ve lost patience. We are going to fix our transportation.”

Lamont says that might mean bonding the $200 million a year that would have been raised from tolls. Republicans opposed tolls. They suggest using money from the state’s rainy day fund instead. Lamont disagrees.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.