HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is directing state agencies to study the possibility of installing electronic tolls on key Connecticut highways to help generate funds for transportation expenses.
The executive order the Democrat signed on Tuesday also seeks recommendations for ways to provide Connecticut residents with discounts, including tax credits, to make sure “out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share.” The order also calls for exploring gas tax reductions and the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.
Malloy, who is not seeking a third term, says this study and a subsequent plan will be “invaluable” to the next governor and General Assembly as they consider how to shore up Connecticut's Special Transportation Fund.
The state Bond Commission will vote on July 25 to allocate $10 million to pay for the assessment.