Connecticut Governor Proposes Slapping $90M Per Year Highway Use Tax on Heavy Trucks
Hartford, CT – Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is once again targeting the trucking industry to raise state funds for infrastructure.
In his new budget proposal, Governor Lamont is proposing to slap a hefty highway use tax (HUT) on heavy trucks.
According to the details of the plan, operators would be charged a rate, determined by the weight of the truck, for the number of miles driven in the state.
Specifically, the Connecticut HUT will be imposed on classifications 8 through 13 (weighing 26,000 pounds and above).
Rates will increase incrementally from 2.5 cents per mile at 26,000 pounds to 10 cents per mile at 78,001 pounds.
Operators of trucks which are classified overweight (over 80,000 pounds) will pay an additional 7.5 cents for a total of 17.5 cents per mile.
The budget anticipates a start date of January 1, 2023, with an estimated $45.0 million to be collected in fiscal year 2023.
Gov. Lamont said the annualized projected revenue of the new plan is approximately $90 million per year.
The Connecticut governor argues that the HUT is needed because the costs associated with constructing and maintaining Connecticut’s infrastructure to accommodate heavy trucks will add an additional $1.52 billion to the state’s pavement program alone over the next 40 years.
Further, he explained, “Elevated highways and bridges need to be stronger to support the additional weights and pavements need to be formulated with sufficient strength to withstand the additional load.”
Joseph Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut blasted Gov. Lamont’s latest effort to squeeze the trucking industry.
“This is a tax that will slam in-state business and out-of-state trucking companies are going to evade it,” Sculley told local news outlet ctpost. “Truck tolls were in his last budget and they didn’t make it. I think there could be bipartisan opposition to this.”
You will likely recall that it was only last February when Gov. Lamont failed to cobble together enough votes to pass a trucks-only tolling plan projected to raise $200 million in new revenue for infrastructure improvements.
The plan, known as CT2030, called for a “high-speed gantry” trucks-only tolling system to be constructed along a dozen Connecticut highway bridges.
Tractor-trailers would have been charged tolls as high as $12.80.
Despite deploying a series of political maneuvers critics called “absurd” and “disgusting,” Gov. Lamont and his Democratic allies ultimately abandoned the idea.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this developing story.