Connecticut tolls bill dead, for now

From NBC Connecticut.

The proposal that would have started the process to bring tolls back to Connecticut highways died late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Top Democrats could not secure enough support for the tolls either in their chamber or even in the Connecticut Senate, likely sinking the issue in the waning days of the legislative session.

“Look, I’m willing to put my election on the line over tolls because I genuinely believe it’s the right thing and ultimately that may happen,” said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, (D – Berlin). “I just think more people should.”

The proposal would have authorized the Connecticut Department of Transportation to come up with a plan for tolls that would then be voted on again in the 2019 General Assembly.

That never sat well with Republicans, describing the bill as a tax. And many Democrats were fearful of a constituent backlash in a year where they are defending seats in what could be a tightly contested statewide election.

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