You know they’ll just come back bigger and stronger next year. But, for now, we celebrate. The house confirmed it does not have enough votes to pass tolls!
CT Post reports that House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz confirmed the good news. Well, good news for us. Bad news for the lawmakers that salivated over swindling billions of dollars for them to erratically spend. Then again, doesn’t that just show those lawmakers don’t represent us? Huh, interesting.
Anyways, despite growing opposition to tolls, Aresimowicz still refuses to back down. In fact, he left this cryptic statement:
“I can’t promise I will put it up on the board for a full vote although I promised that, and I’ve been working to make it happen.”
It’s because he knows he doesn’t have the votes this year simply for one reason: elections. Whoever votes for tolls might find themselves out of the job come November.
Already, residents in the loop about what tolls presented to the state vowed as much. Even the staunchest of Democrats in the state felt our lawmakers needed to look somewhere else for revenue.
The fact is, CT residents pay the highest taxes in the nation despite being the third smallest state. On top of that, our population is, like, the 29th highest in the nation.
And, surprising absolutely no one, that number goes down year after year. So, how can such a tiny state with such a small population have some of the highest taxes in the nation and STILL struggle to balance its checkbook?
So, naturally, the people spoke up and said “enough” when our lawmakers hoped to reach into our wallets again. Although our roads are some of the worst in the nation, no one wanted tolls because they knew that money would be mismanaged. Like every other fund in the book.
I mean, look at our pension debacle and look into just how many times our lawmakers raided it to fund other projects.
So, tolls are likely dead this year and we are thankful for that. However, Aresimowicz has until the end of May to sneakily bring it to the floor as a Hail Mary move.
That said, remain vigilant. Tolls look like they gasped their last breath this year, but they body isn’t cold yet. Then again, is it ever cold? As soon as the topic flat lines, Aresimowicz and Tony Guerrera hastily give it mouth to mouth instead of letting it go towards the light.
So, if you don’t want tolls, keep calling your lawmakers. Keep at it until the end of this legislative session to make sure this matter stays down until next year.
And, if you do want tolls… I have to ask you. Why? Why do you want them? Is it because you think they will just go up on the border or affect out of state drivers? Do you really think our state desperately needs them?
If so, damn, you need to read the literature, my friend. Our lawmakers planned on erecting gantries on 100 percent of our nation’s major roadways, including the lesser routes such as 8, 9, and 11.
Which, you know, would make us the most heavily tolled state in the nation. Which, you know, you should find odd considering CT is has the least amount of road miles out of all 50 states. Minus District of Columbia, CT has the 6th lowest amount of road miles to maintain.
Heck, New York only tolls 30 percent of their major roadways.
Do you see a problem yet?
Hopefully, one day, the issue will stay in its grave for good.
What do you think, though? Will we see tollbooths eventually or have the people of CT had enough?