When Nutmeggers think of highway tolls, they often think of border tolls which charge motorists entering and leaving the state of Connecticut. But that’s not what Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators are proposing when they call for tolls to be installed on Connecticut’s highways.
Gov. Dannel Malloy called on state legislature to approve electronic tolls for Connecticut’s highways, a 7 cent increase in the gasoline tax and a three dollar tax on tires in an effort to increase revenue to the state’s Special Transportation Fund.
DOT pension, healthcare costs grow nearly $30 million in three years as state projects are put on hold
Pension and healthcare costs for employees with the Department of Transportation grew $30 million over three years, increasing operating costs for Connecticut’s beleaguered Special Transportation Fund. According to figures from the State Comptroller’s Office, between 2014 and 2017 state pension contributions increased $21 million, while healthcare costs increased $9 million.
Despite the suspension of 400 infrastructure projects around the state, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $100 billion Let’s Go CT initiative is still moving forward, albeit at a slower pace, with $3.7 billion in bonding over the next five years.
Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a warning Thursday over the future of Connecticut’s special transportation fund, which will no longer be able to fully fund a number of transportation projects due to increasing debts costs and lower-than-expected revenue.
Middletown Area Transit will begin cutting its evening bus service next month due to years of financial difficulties and funding cuts, leaving some city residents without transportation after 6:30 p.m. The financial problems stem back at least three years ago, according to area lawmakers, and were further complicated by a 2 percent cut in state funds by the Department of Transportation.