Skip to comments.Best of 2020: Broken promises to fund transportation defined last 15 years
Posted on 01/01/2021 10:32:31 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The caller, identified as “Bob from West Hartford,” hit a nerve when he dialed into Gov. Ned Lamont’s Jan. 9 appearance on WTIC-1080 AM with morning hosts Ray Dunaway and Joe D’Ambrosio.
“Hi Governor Lamont. In the most recent [state] budget you diverted $170 million out of gas taxes in the Special Transportation Fund,” Bob said.
“That’s a myth that gets perpetrated day-in and day-out,” Lamont responded. “There is no diversion taking place, so you can put that one to rest.”
Not so fast, governor.
Although Lamont and fellow Democrats insist the diversion charge is a “myth,” the truth is their argument is really just one of semantics.
Connecticut’s transportation program has been riddled, for more than a decade, by broken funding promises from both political parties. Between 2007 and 2019, officials pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for highways, bridges and rail lines, only to frequently snatch portions of it away at the last minute.
And for much of the same period, officials spent more than $1 billion in fuel tax receipts on non-transportation programs, despite often raising these taxes, purportedly to upgrade highways, bridges and rail lines.
More recently, however, when Lamont signed his first, two-year state budget in June, he and the Democrat-controlled legislature scaled back a previously approved increase in sales tax revenues that had been pledged to transportation.
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Happy New Year! Trunlimunumaprzure!
Legalized money laundering.
Transportation. Hmmmm. Wait until buttplug ‘assumes the position’ (ahem) if and when his appointment is solidified as sec tran. I saw a commercial last night that, to me at least, was a death knell to ‘fmc’. Seems they are going all in for solar/wind powered manufacturing and vehicles by 2035 and relieving themselves of “fossil fuel/climate change” guilt in so doing. The new electric mustang?! Really? They need to install an awesome sound system that will replicate the sound of a well tuned V8 cranking up. AMF!
I guess they don’t want us driving anyway so why have a functional transportation system?
A "fact-check" from Connecticut's Democrat Media will get this all squared away...
‘Transportation Funds’ must be the easiest government fund to skim from, at all levels. They ALL do it, from Mayors on up.
An EX Governor of ours, ‘Diamond Jim’ Doyle (Douche, WI) moved 1.2 BILLION from the WI Transportation fund to Education.
Amazingly, our ‘Publik Edjukated’ kids are STILL stupid, and the roads STILL stuck!
If they don’t have nuclear power as an option, they can’t be taken seriously.
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