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Gov. Lamont Considers Taxes and Tolls To Close Budget Deficit

February 18, 2019 - 11:41 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Ned Lamont is considering a combination of tolls and sin taxes to generate revenue to help make up a $2 billion budget deficit.

He’s considering tolls despite rejecting the idea during his campaign.

“I cannot fix this economy without fixing our transportation system and bringing it to the 21st century. Our trains are slowing down and the gridlock on the highways is killing us,” Lamont said.

Lamont is also considering taxes on sugary drinks, plastic bags, wine and liquor bottles and tobacco and vaping products and he is expected to support legal marijuana and sports gambling in his budget address later this week.

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These proposals are being considered in full light of their potential unpopularity.

One resident said, “We get taxed all the time. I’m tired of being taxed.”