Gov. Lamont Admits To A ‘Divide’ With Lawmakers Over Tolls

June 19, 2019 - 4:51 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (WBCS 880/AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont admits there's “quite a divide” between his administration and state lawmakers over the need for electronic tolls, but he remains optimistic there will be a vote in special session.

The Democrat and his staff met privately with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders for two hours Wednesday to discuss the state's transportation funding needs, warning Connecticut faces the possibility of being penalized financially by the federal government in about 10 years for not keeping enough of its roads and bridges in a state of good repair.

Connecticut is on track to spend about $875 million annually on transportation infrastructure investment, but the need is actually about $1.2 billion.

The net revenue from tolls is estimated to be $800 million annually.

Lamont plans to meet again with lawmakers.

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