Senator Frantz Continues Opposition to Border Tolls

March 21, 2013

Measure to Establish Border Tolls Significantly Weakened in Committee

Hartford – State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) worked diligently against legislation that would have established tolls on Connecticut’s New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island borders. The bill was significantly weakened to simply study the concept further during a Transportation Committee meeting on Friday, March 15th.

“Although this legislation was significantly weakened, even the prospect of border tolls weighs heavily on the minds of commuters and business owners whose daily lives would be negatively impacted by the obstruction of free passage across state lines,” said Senator Frantz. “On the Transportation Committee, we were successful in defeating the proposal that would have placed these tolls along our state’s borders and will continue to watch carefully for any future initiatives to establish border tolls.”

House Bill 6051, An Act Concerning the Study of Electronic Tolls, Highway Congestion, Special Transportation Fund Expenditures and Reductions to the Motor Vehicle Fuels Tax was passed out of committee along party lines by a vote of 21 to 13.

“Many people living in Greenwich and throughout Fairfield County drive to New York on a daily basis for work, commerce or to visit friends and relatives,” continued Senator Frantz. “When and if this proposal is reintroduced, I will continue to oppose this measure that would unfairly increase the burden on commuters and families across our state and possibly have a very negative effect on congestion in our community.”

If passed into law, the legislation would conduct a study that would analyze the appropriateness of the state’s highways for electronic tolls. It would focus on traffic congestion, the ability of the Department to limit the use of revenue collected from these tolls for transportation purposes only and the potential reduction of the motor vehicle fuels tax after a future establishment of tolls. The Department will be required to submit this study to the General Assembly by February 1, 2014.