Skip to comments.Audit transportation dollars before considering tolls
Posted on 03/20/2019 7:55:50 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I recently had the privilege of representing residents in eastern Connecticut that were opposed to the construction of the proposed state police gun range immediately adjacent to Pachaug State Forest. I personally thanked Gov. Ned Lamont for keeping his word in opposing this project. In politics, you are only as good as your word. That is why Lamont must also keep his word and not institute tolling on cars in Connecticut.
Leaders in Hartford are missing the mark when it comes to tolling. They always seek to find alternate revenue sources through taxes or fees before first examining priorities, spending habits and internal financial controls. The advocates for tolling are the same people who believe they are entitled to put in for mileage reimbursement when they arent even driving their cars to the Capitol. They also think their mileage should be used to pad their pension.
You wouldnt let some of these people manage your household budget and it is horrifying that they make decisions with billions of dollars of your money. While the Republican minority is fighting the good fight, they need help from we, the people. Before the taxers and the takers institute tolls, the taxpayers of Connecticut have every right to know how current transportation dollars are being spent and, in fact, wasted.
Long ago we were told that instituting a gas tax would solve our transportation problems. We were told that increasing this tax was critical to meeting the demands of our crumbling infrastructure. In the last legislative session, transportation advocates told us not to cap bonding and dedicate an additional half percent of the sales tax to transportation improvements.
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They always seek to find alternate revenue sources through taxes or fees before first examining priorities, spending habits and internal financial controls. ..
That’s PRETTY MUCH the way dems approach on every financial issue.
What’s that first part on the gun range about? Virtue signalling? Setting your bona fides as a liberal, so you don’t come across as a anti-tax deplorable for the rest of the column?
Putting a gun range next to a state park, where there’s wide open spaces and few people to bother, is just crazy talk.
To a liberal, there are no such things as dependencies.
If I’m not mistaken, the gun range was supposed to be a new range for the state police, but it is in a state forest...a popular area. The gun range the police has now is nice, but they wanted a new one
Repeal Davis-Bacon. That would cut costs by 40 percent, probably more in Connecticut. The democrat party shouldn’t be getting a kickback on state contracts to begin with.
You will have tolls. Nothing you do or say will change that. You idiots elected a complete leftist. What did you expect?
The former governor, malloy, ruined the state so much that not even HE could find a job in CT - he’s teaching for Boston College! (That won’t last long. I don’t see how anyone could sit in front of him for days, listening to the “UHs.”) It’s a mystery to me how someone so inarticulate could be chosen to teach! Oh, I forgot. It’s a reward for destroying the economy of CT.
More revenue = more buses, more light rail, more sound walls and more roundabouts. Don’t expect bridges to be fixed.
I can't believe what a mess CT is. When I go east, I usually go to SE Mass or Central MA/Southern/VT with stops in CT. It's already near impossible to get through CT. The tolls will have even more people discovering the two-lane highways to avoid Rt 84 and 91, thus destroying those towns that are still livable. And won't it have a serious negative impact on those casinos? And chase even more people and businesses away?
The town I grew up in (Bethel: Stony Hill along Route 6) is already destroyed, and it's not atypical. I can't imagine anyone seriously thinks the tolls would be anything but a "quick fix" that make turning CT's fortunes around even more unlikely.
These will not be your grandfather’s tolls.
A click of a mouse by a state official can raise tolls by any amount anywhere for any reason—and the poor driver won’t find out the bad news until they get the bill in the mail.
Folks who commute on the highways will get some serious sticker shock if peak hour tolling is used (which is likely—since it maximizes revenue).
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