ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – After one of the strongest pushes in three decades to restore tolls, Connecticut will not be seeing tolls on its highways anytime soon.
Governor Dannel Malloy endorsed tolls as a way of replenishing the Special Transportation Fund, which pays for highway and bridge improvements.
Republican members of Connecticut’s House of Representatives and Senate said they can solve the states budget problems without putting tolls on highways.
Republican House and Senate members admit their plan uses some of the extra money still coming into the state tax department.
Despite those plans, one Suffield resident told 22News he thinks tolls can work on Connecticut highways.
“Well, it’s one way to bring in more revenue,” said Suffield resident Edward Russell. “I know they need more revenue for the problems that they are having, so as long as it’s done well it’s a way to bring in more revenue so hopefully, it can work.”
One Longmeadow resident told 22News she wouldn’t like having to pay more for tolls as an out of state driver.
“That’s a good point as well that people don’t think about,” Longmeadow Katherine Hamilton said. “Driving in Connecticut and living in Massachusetts and going to school in Massachusetts really adds up going back and forth so often.”
The last time Connecticut had tolls was in 1988, 30-years-ago.