Despite hearings in the state legislature, Governor Dan Malloy wants to spend $10 million to study electronic tolling on state highways, something that received an instant rebuke from gubernatorial candidates.
From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:
In an election year with primaries only one month away, the announcement prompted immediate responses from gubernatorial candidates–with Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a Democrat, saying the study should have been done at least eight years ago and Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski saying Malloy is tone deaf to the widespread opposition to tolls. Mark Boughton, the Republican mayor of Danbury, said he would derail the study on his first day in office if he is elected governor.
Full story here.
Statement from Republican candidate for governor Tim Herbst:
“This governor has demonstrated a pathological commitment to hiking taxes and fees on struggling Connecticut families and businesses. Since the governor hasn’t gotten his his way on tolls, he now proposes to waste huge sums of taxpayers money studying his fee-hiking pet project.
“For the governor to demand millions in taxpayer funds to study fee increases on taxpayers, while he repeatedly also demands deep and damaging cuts to education and municipalities, is ludicrous, offensive and more evidence of how critical this next election is for struggling taxpayers.”