Sen. Fasano Responds to New Analysis from the Department of Transportation

October 8, 2015

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to a new analysis by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) showing economic benefits resulting from specified upgrades included in Governor Malloy’s transportation plans.

“We all know effective transportation is a major pillar of a strong economy. But Governor Malloy’s oversized and unrealistic transportation plan will actually hurt our economy in the process.

“The DOT analysis released today fails to talk about the massive tax hikes the governor will need to inflict on taxpayers to pay for his oversized and unrealistic $100 billion plan. It fails to talk about the potential job losses that would follow. It fails to talk about the burdens every single person in Connecticut will face as a result of a plan that counts on money our state simply doesn’t have and cannot afford.

“The governor’s plan is designed to shock and awe. The reality is only four other places in the world have approved a $100 billion transportation initiative: the country of Mexico, the country of Columbia, the province of Ontario, and the state of California – all areas much larger than Connecticut.

“I agree that transportation must be a priority, but we have to be realistic and honest about what our state can afford to do. The three projects discussed in today’s analysis could all be easily funded with the Republican ‘Prioritize Progress’ transportation plan, a proposal that would fund transportation with at least $1 billion every year for the next 30 years without the need to raise taxes. Our alternative plan rethinks state priorities and gets smart about the way we spend and borrow. In fact, our plan is not only designed to fund transportation projects now, it’s also designed to reduce future deficits and make our state less reliant on borrowing money.

“Simply put, unrealistic plans stall real progress. If we hope to get to a place where transportation is spurring billions of dollars in economic development we have to talk about how we can actually afford to get to that point. Prioritizing within our means is the only way to move forward.”