Some CT lawmakers still pushing for tolls as session winds down

The Associated Press

HARTFORD – Some state lawmakers aren’t giving up on passing legislation that could eventually lead to highway tolls on Connecticut’s highways.

Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says he hopes the House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill. He says it would likely require the Department of Transportation to come up with a plan for tolling, including discounts for in-state drivers and commuters and possible long-term reductions in the state gas tax.

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Even if the bill clears the House, its fate is doubtful in the Senate.

Republican Sen. Toni Boucher says her GOP colleagues "just didn’t have any appetite for a toll bill this year."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has urged lawmakers to approve new transportation revenues.

The legislative session ends on May 9.

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