Public Supports CT Governor’s $200 MILLION Trucks-Only Tolling Plan, New Poll Finds
Hartford, CT – Connecticut lawmakers are locked in a fierce political battle over Governor Ned Lamont’s controversial plan to toll commercial big rigs, and now a new poll is shedding light on where the public stands on the issue.
The partisan political fight over Gov. Lamont’s contentious 10-year, $19.4 billion infrastructure investment plan known as CT2030 is continuing this week.
State Democratic lawmakers continue pushing a truck-only tolling plan projected to raise as much as $200 million for infrastructure improvements.
Under the proposal, the state would construct a “high-speed gantry system” and charge tolls as high as $12.80 for tractor-trailers along a dozen Connecticut highway bridges.
Republicans are strongly opposed to the idea and have put forward a plan of their own.
Last Friday, Gov. Lamont spoke to reporters at the Capitol amid anti-tolling demonstrations.
He indicated Democratic lawmakers were expected to have the votes needed to pass the plan in the state’s General Assembly “very soon.”
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In fact, Gov. Lamont expressed optimism lawmakers could call a special session this week to pass the measure.
As of Tuesday no vote has yet been scheduled.
However, a new poll conducted by Sacred Heart University in conjunction with the Hartford Courant reveals a plurality of Connecticut residents support the truck-only tolling plan.
The poll found that 47.5% reported they would “strongly” (19.7%) or “somewhat” (27.8%) support a plan for a truck-only tolling system, while 41.9% of those surveyed “strongly” (25.7%) or “somewhat” (16.2%) opposed the plan.
10.6% of those surveyed were “unsure.”
Support and opposition to the plan broke heavily along party lines.
According to the poll, 62.1% of Democratic residents surveyed “strongly” (30.5%) or “somewhat” (31.6%) support a plan for a truck-only tolling system, compared to only 38.8% of Republican residents surveyed.
Despite the recent polling, Connecticut’s Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano told reporters on Tuesday that Democrats still don’t have the votes needed to pass the plan.
“They need to stop pretending they can pull a deal off because they can’t,” Fasano said.
The actual bill has yet to be made public though the Hartford Courant reported over the weekend it had obtained a draft.
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After a weekend of closed-door negotiations among Democratic lawmakers, Fasano says there is still no final bill.
“I think they’re further apart and not closer together,” he said.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this developing story.