YOUR VIEW: Special session on tolls a waste

Published on Monday, 20 January 2020 19:45
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To The Editor:

Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats are rumored to hold a special session to vote on “trucks only” tolls in a matter of days, despite the 2020 Legislative Session set to begin on February 5th, 2020.

It’s absurd to think that thousands of taxpayer dollars will be wasted by calling legislators into a special session with nearly two weeks left before the regular session starts. An entire year went by with no action to vote on tolls, but now with two weeks before session starts the urgency sets in. Where is the sense in that?

A special session to vote on tolls would unnecessarily waste taxpayer dollars. Not to mention that there would be no time allotted for a public hearing, which is a critical component of the legislative process designed to get public input. Instead, the tactic used by Governor Lamont and legislative Democrats to implement tolls is to just irresponsibly push it through and figure it out later.

There needs to be more transparency in government, but it’s legislative antics like this that have made taxpayers distrustful of state government – and rightfully so. “Trucks only” tolls are not the answer to improving our state’s infrastructure and will eventually lead to cars and trucks being tolled.

Although surrounding states have implemented tolls, they now face lawsuits for doing so. Rhode Island is being sued for implementing “trucks only” tolls, and still this same concept is being pushed in Connecticut. I cannot stand by and support this type of reckless government, which completely disregards the taxpayers of this state – both their opinion and their wallet.

Connecticut does not have tolls, and I see this as an economic advantage. “Trucks only” tolls equates to a toll on everyone, residents and small businesses alike.

I agree that we need to modernize our highways, bridges, and rail system, it’s clear that this is a bipartisan issue. However, I cannot and will not support taxpayers having to foot the bill for government’s inability to control spending.

Rep. Whit Betts

State Representative 78th District – Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville



Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Monday, 20 January 2020 19:45. Updated: Monday, 20 January 2020 19:48.