Lamont Not Giving Up On Tolls, Despite Lack of a Deal

Angela Dias
July 08, 2019 - 8:54 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he's not giving up on a special legislative session to authorize electronic tolls, even though one hasn't been scheduled yet.

The Democrat said Monday his administration is in "active discussions," trying to come up with a plan that will persuade state lawmakers "to show a little courage, stand up, and vote for something that fixes our transportation system."

Lamont met in June with top Democratic and Republican legislative leaders about the need for additional transportation revenue. He acknowledged afterward there was a divide over whether electronic tolls are the solution.

During that meeting, Lamont proposed a small income tax rate cut, something he's still standing by.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says there's no guarantee yet that a tolling bill could pass in the General Assembly.