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February 21, 2019

Lamont Says Tolling All Vehicles Is The Best Solution

by Jack Kramer | Feb 21, 2019 3:25pm
Posted to: Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT —The day after he presented two different tolling plans to the General Assembly Gov. Ned Lamont Thursday made it clear he favors tolling all vehicles, not just trucks.

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February 20, 2019

Lamont Plan Calls For 53 Toll Gantries And ‘Graduated Reduction’ in the Gas Tax

by Jack Kramer | Feb 20, 2019 3:54pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT (UPDATED 8:30 p.m.) — The plan for tolling all vehicles that Gov. Ned Lamont mapped out Wednesday would include 53 gantries and limit the tolling to Interstates 84, 91, 95 and Route 15.

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Budget Proposal Includes Reduced Transportation Bonding, Toll Proposal

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2019 10:29am
Posted to: State Budget | Bonding and Debt | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — The $800 million-to-$1 billion that Connecticut might see in toll revenue won’t be available until 2024, so what will Gov. Ned Lamont do until then to keep the highways safe and the trains running on time?

Governor’s Budget 2019

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February 18, 2019

Lamont Toiled Over Tolls That Will Raise $800 Million

by Christine Stuart | Feb 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont’s chief of staff told reporters Sunday that his boss “toiled” over whether to propose an electronic tolling system for all drivers.

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OP-ED | Lucy’s Football And Organizing Au Courant

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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Won’t we Nutmeggers ever learn? Our leaders run for higher office promising not to raise certain taxes during an economic crisis. We either believe them or we shrug and assume that lying to us is something we deserve.

My first recollection of this phenomenon was almost 30 years ago. In his campaign for governor in 1990, Lowell Weicker turned a promise on its head, vowing no change to Connecticut’s position as one of only two New England states without a personal income tax. After winning, he promptly did his best imitation of Dana Carvey’s Church Lady: “Never mind.”

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February 16, 2019

Lamont Embraces Tolls On All Drivers, Congestion Pricing

by Christine Stuart | Feb 16, 2019 6:58pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT —  On the campaign trail Gov. Ned Lamont said he would support truck-only tolls, but now he wants electronic highway tolls on all drivers.

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February 13, 2019

Republicans Offer Transportation Proposal Again In First of Three Press Conferences

by Jack Kramer | Feb 13, 2019 5:18pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — A week after Democrats spelled out their priorities for the current legislative session, Republicans answered Wednesday with their own proposals which they said encourage economic growth through public-private partnerships and make transportation projects a priority.

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February 12, 2019

ANALYSIS | Lamont’s Strong Medicine Comes With Sugar

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 12, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Jobs | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | DMV

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Next Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont will be sharing his full budget plan in a speech to the General Assembly, but on Monday we got a little preview of what that might entail in a serious-yet-optimistic open letter the governor sent the people of Connecticut.

In that letter, Lamont warned people to “temper your enthusiasm” about this year’s budget surplus, citing as dangers both fixed costs and the possibility of another economic downturn.

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February 8, 2019

TSA Sets Record With 4,239 Guns Found At Checkpoints In 2018, Including 9 At Bradley

by Shawn R. Beals | Feb 8, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Transportation | BDL

Courtesy of the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration discovered nine handguns at Bradley International Airport checkpoints in 2018, up from five in 2017 and part of a regional and national trend of yearly increases in the number of firearms found at airports.

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February 5, 2019

OP-ED | Dems Take the Safe Road

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 5, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | The Economy | Education | Opinion | State Budget | Transportation

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After all that, after an election in which Connecticut’s legislative Democrats were supposed to get wiped out but were saved by the gross political incompetence of the president, after a miraculous second chance to put the state on the right path, we get a list of legislative priorities that’s weaker tea than Lipton mixed with dishwater.

Oh well. I guess some things don’t change.

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