Statement From Governor Lamont’s Office: New Poll Shows Support for Adopting Tolls to Upgrade Aging Infrastructure
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont’s Senior Advisor Colleen Flanagan Johnson issued the following statement regarding the release this afternoon of a poll by Sacred Heart University showing the majority of Connecticut residents likely support tolling when they learn that funds generated will be protected by the lockbox:
“The majority of Connecticut residents – over 50 percent – likely support tolling when they learn that the funds generated will be subject to protections, such as the state transportation lockbox, as approved by Connecticut voters, as well as federal law that mandates use on transportation infrastructure only. Today’s poll underscores Connecticut’s need to move forward with a sustainable, reliable and protected revenue source – 40 percent of which will be paid for by people who don’t even live in our state – to make the upgrades and enhancements necessary to support Connecticut’s economic growth. This poll confirms what we already know: Governor Lamont’s plan has broad support from residents, labor, business, and elected officials, and our state’s residents categorically reject the Republican plan, which calls for more borrowing paid for entirely by Connecticut’s future generations.”
For more information about Governor Lamont’s proposal, please visit his website. In addition to discounts for Connecticut E-Z Pass holders, as well as frequent commuters, Governor Lamont’s administration has studied how other states reduce tolling costs for low-income individuals and families.
**Download: Fact sheet on tolls