CONNECTICUT PLANS TO ADD TOLLS…SORRY “USER FEES”
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont rolled out a new transportation plan with the hopes of relieving congestion on the Connecticut roads. But along with that, he is also looking to start projects with rail, ports, and airports. All together the plan comes in with a budget of $21 billion (B-B-B-BILLION), with $14 billion going for roads and bridges and a cool $7 million going to public transportation.
But rest assured, there is a way to pay for all that!
Starting in 2023, Connecticut plans to introduce tolls user fee ports. Connecticut officials are predicting that up to 40% of the fees would be paid by out of state drivers because nothing says “Welcome” like charging people to use your roads. The tolls user fees will cost up to $1 for cars, $1.25-$2.50 for medium-sized trucks, and up to $7 for the big boys.
Not everyone is pleased with the tolls user fees though. Motor Transport Association of Connecticut President Joe Sculley had this to say: “This would be a fourth tax for the purpose of funding what we’ve already paid for with those other three. I think this is still definitely an attempt to go after the trucking industry.”
Connecticut needs to do something with its infrastructure though. In October of 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a C-…which was outstanding for me in college…not so much though for a state’s infrastructure.
They asked for it and now they finally got it. Truckers have been protesting outside the White House for 19 days, and their airhorns have been heard…literally, the airhorns were disrupting an outdoor briefing. But now, a select number of truckers are being invited in to the White House to have a meeting with some big wigs. It hasn’t been announced yet as to whether or not President Trump will attend the meeting himself.
More than 20 million people have lost their job during this whole Coronavirus pandemic. And out of those 20 million people, 88,000 of them have been in the trucking industry. The closest the transportation industry has ever come to these type of numbers was back in 1994 when teamsters went on strike against 22 trucking companies.
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