Poll on the Toll: Bristol Rep Conducts Survey, Republicans Capture Anti-Toll Narrative

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CT News Junkie reports “Republican lawmakers, who are now firmly in the minority, said Connecticut needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure but no through congestion tolls on most highways.

“Don’t get distracted by the number of gantries,” Rep. Laura Devlin, R-Fairfield, said. “Don’t get get distracted on whether or not we will have discounts for Connecticut residents.”

Devlin said any plan they have seen includes a revenue target of $1 billion—a majority of which will be raised by Connecticut residents.

You can read the full CT News Junkie report here.

In Bristol, State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) posted an online poll.

“Thanks to those of  you who took the time to complete my poll question.” said Pavalock-D’Amato.

The poll had 266 responses with 86% voting no, 9% voting yes and 3% were undecided.

“I wanted to take a moment to dispel many of the myths about only tolling at the borders (unconstitutional) or only having trucks (has been ruled out because it doesn’t generate enough revenue) or out-of-state commuters pay them (DOT study has 60% coming from CT residents) stated Pavalock-D’Amato.

Of the 266 who responded, some individuals posted a response in addition to there votes.

“I’d rather have tolls than a tax increase, and its ok as long as the money goes to fixing our roads and bridges, and I don’t want people traveling on our roads for free.”

“100% against tolls, Connecticut’s residents shouldn’t have to pay, and tolls will hurt Connecticut’s residents the most.”

A tolls forum is Tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 25th @7:00 in Bristol.


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