From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:
Republican candidates for governor drove away from a transportation forum Friday without saying how they would stabilize Connecticut’s depleted transportation fund, disappointing an audience of union members and contractors whose livelihoods rely on the state’s ability to maintain and improve its aging infrastructure.
It was an opportunity for a field of candidates with no frontrunner to address a major issue highlighted last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who warned that without significant new revenue the transportation fund would need to curtail rail services, boost fares and suspend capital projects to remain solvent.
Only Joe Visconti, a former one-term West Hartford councilman who has raised no significant funds since opening an unconventional campaign for governor in April, talked about finding new funding, proposing electronic tolls and expressing a willingness to consider limited tax increases.
Nine others glided through their allotted 10 minutes without telling an audience of more than 300 how they would address what the forum’s sponsor, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, views as a crisis: Projections that the state’s Special Transportation Fund will be insolvent by 2022 and unable to support new borrowing for infrastructure even sooner.
Full story here.