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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.

 

In good news for Danbury and Stamford, Gov. Dannel Malloy told the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce he opposes tolls on the state's borders.

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.

Jim beam January 09, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Thank goodness. That some actually considered imposing tolls again is stunning. Just what we need to add to more traffic congestion. Tolls are archaic. EZ Pass does nothing really to ease the congestion, either. I'm old enough to remember when we had tolls in Connecticut. That was a nightmare.
DM January 09, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Malloy hinted he will raise gas tax's again. Cause his crystal ball predicts cars will us half the gas they do now. Didn't know everyone in this bad economy is buying new fuel efficient cars.
Igor January 09, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Almost every state on the Eastern Seaboard has some sort of toll system. Is this state so well off in it's finances that we can play host to all the other drivers of other states? Does the gov.Malloy expect to lay another tax on the shoulders of the tax payers of the state? Aren't we getting beat up enough? Here's an idea if they don't want to put tolls in than give everyone is the sate passes so we can travel through the neighboring states and not have to pay their tolls..
R. Ludlowe January 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree that tolls should be considered. I dont think the traffic can get any worse... so that's not an excuse.
Osborn Hiller January 09, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Yeah, it feels like we're the suckers in this deal. We pay the inflated gas tax so out of staters can travel through CT for free. If it's good enough for NJ, NY, PA, MD, DE... it's good enough for us.
DM January 10, 2013 at 09:08 AM
I see tolls as a tax. Worse still they are a nuisance. They create gridlock, pollution, waste gas,cause accidents, cost hundreds of millions to install upfront. Can you imagine trying to drive on 95 and 15 for the years it will take the state to build them with lanes closed!? EZ pass while a great idea is not used by enough people to eliminate this. Just go over any of the NYC bridges to see. We also would lose some federal help. We have a weigh station in Greenwich, ever see how many times its manned and open? Almost never. When Ct initiated the state income tax and also raised gas tax, part of the reasoning was due to the closing of the tolls. Guess what its never enough. Govt is addicted to spending
Frank L February 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Well said Jim! This is the benefit of having a Gov from Fairfield county who has a very good understanding of traffic issues on 95. Unlike many of the Ct legislators from other counties!

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