The proposed toll plan is needed to secure long-term funding for Connecticut and fix the damaged roads and bridges that have been plaguing the state for decades, rendering our infrastructure among the worst in the nation.
The tolling plan is fair for Connecticut taxpayers and commuters because a majority of the revenue will be collected from out-of-state drivers and trucks.
Details of the proposed plan include:
This plan will raise funds for road repairs by borrowing $65 million within the state's bonding cap over the next 30 years. While this plan provides a short-term source of funding for transportation infrastructure, it does not ensure funding past the 30 year point.
Further, the funds raised in this plan will still need to be paid back by Connecticut taxpayers eventually, in addition to the millions in accrued interest over the 30 year time period. This money will come from the pockets of all Connecticut taxpayers, including people who don't use highways and bridges, rather than coming from those who actually use the roads such as out-of-state drivers.
Connecticut already pays one of the highest gas taxes in the country, at about 62.2 cents per gallon, which is 10 cents higher than the national average and 12 cents higher than the Northeast regional average.
Between the federal and state gas taxes, Connecticut drivers already pay enough, and raising the gas tax will only exacerbate this cost.
No one wants to do nothing and watch as our roads and bridges continue to age, making driving conditions unsafe and costing drivers thousands in repairs. However, doing nothing is a very real possibility if Hartford leaders do not act now to secure a long-term funding solution for the state's road repairs.