Entries by Michael Riley

Good news on alcohol and drug testing results

MTAC receives quarterly reports from the Gregory & Howe/MTAC Alcohol and Drug Testing Program. We have the largest consortium for transportation professionals in the state. I always find the results interesting and encouraging. Our program tests CDL drivers for a variety of substances identified by law. The report for January through March 2015 shows impressive […]

Finance Committee does not repeal sales tax exemption

The tax bill approved by the Finance Committee last evening did not include a repeal of Connecticut’s current exemption of new, used or leased commercial vehicles from Connecticut’s sales tax. While repeal of this exemption was on the list Tuesday night, the bill drafted by the chairmen for the Wednesday committee meeting did not include the language. […]

Committee votes on sales tax exemption for trucks

Your action is required immediately. At 11 a.m. today (April 29) the State of Connecticut’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will vote to repeal Connecticut’s current exemption of new, used or leased commercial vehicles from Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax. There has been speculation the committee was considering repealing several exemptions and lowering the general […]

Hands Off Special Transportation Fund

In a recent Letter to the Editor published in the Hartford Courant, Mike Riley, President of MTAC, urges the people of the state to figure out what revenues should be part of the Special Transportation Fund and amend the State Constitution to protect the STF from raids. The letter appeared on April 16, 2015. The […]

Malloy’s focus

“We know that transportation and economic growth are bound together. States that make long-term investments in their infrastructure can have vibrant economies for generations. States that don’t will struggle. It’s that simple,” he said. “Transportation connects us – literally – community to community, state to state, nation to nation. It connects us to economic opportunity […]

DVIR “No Defect” final rule

The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, announced on Dec. 18, 2014, that commercial motor vehicle drivers operating in interstate commerce will no longer have to comply with the daily paperwork requirement associated with completing a post-trip vehicle inspection report (DVIR) when no defects are found. An exception to this rule is the passenger-carrying CMV’s who […]