I am writing an open letter to request help with tolling Connecticut’s highways. Early in the last session, my state rep did respond to my e-mail that she didn’t favor tolls but never committed to opposing them, but now after many e-mails, I still don’t know where she stands on tolls. The reason this is concerning to me is that the governor is trying to force a rush vote in a special session just days before the new session starts and they are forgoing some of the public involvement requirements.
The governor did promise in November to have town halls about tolls prior to any vote, but to date has only had one in Fairfield County, which is not a fair representation of all the transportation needs of the entire state. I have also sent many e-mails to the Transportation Committee that include public highway financing policy failure examples, like the current situation in Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Turnpike being utilized to finance PennDOT’s statewide P3 Rapid Bridge Repair Program with turnpike toll money, which includes bridges not part of the turnpike system, but I have never received any acknowledgement. The Pennsylvania Inspector General has stated the turnpike is on the “Road to Ruins” after all the excessive toll hikes over the last 12 years. Now I need to ensure that all the reps strongly oppose at least the special-session vote on tolls, requiring full statewide public participation in the new session before any tolls votes happen.