Tolls face crucial vote in Capitol
The General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the increasingly emotional issue of highway tolls on Wednesday, in Gov. Ned Lamont’s attempt to create a new revenue stream to fund overdue infrastructure improvements.
The Transportation Committee will act on the proposal the day after a federal judge in Rhode Island ordered an appeal of that state’s trucks-only highway toll program to start at a lower court.
While during last fall’s election campaign Lamont said he would propose trucks-only tolls to bring in an estimated $200 million a year in new revenue, upon taking office he expanded the proposal to include all vehicles, stressing that with 40 percent of the state’s highway traffic coming from out-of-state.