Trucks-only Connecticut tolls a ‘tax on the middle class,’ trucking advocate says

From CT Post.

Proposed tolls will tax lower wage workers in order to subsidize white collar employees who commute to New York, according to the president of a Connecticut trucking advocacy group.

“This is a plan to tax the blue-collar, middle class trucking industry and use that money to benefit wealthy individuals taking subsidized train rides to New York City, where they pay New York income tax, not Connecticut income tax,” said Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. “It is a reverse redistribution of wealth.”

Gov. Ned Lamont’s plan to construct a series of toll gantries on Connecticut highways will reportedly be discussed during a January special legislative session.

The latest iteration of that plan calls for trucks-only tolling, and Democrats were aware that there would be pushback from the trucking industry. A similar plan in Rhode Island resulted in a lawsuit, and Democrats said they expected the same in Connecticut.

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