Statement on Gov. Malloy’s Executive Order Initiating $10 Million Tolls Study

July 17, 2018

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s executive order directing state agencies to conduct a $10 million study on implementing tolls across the state.

“On his way out the door Governor Malloy is continuing to spend taxpayer dollars as if there was no tomorrow. Over the last month we learned he’s giving $10 million to a foreign billionaire and now another $10 million to study tolls – double what DOT originally estimated a study would cost. The governor does not even know what the next administration’s plan will be for transportation or whether the next legislature will support the same vision for tolls he has in his mind. So this entire study controlled by his administration could be a massive waste of money. Gov. Malloy had eight years to fix the state’s transportation problems – problems he worsened by diverting transportation dollars to spend elsewhere – and in his last hours as governor he decides he’s going to take an affirmative step. Instead of leaving some state funds for the next administration to have a chance to fix what Gov. Malloy broke, he’s running our state dry. This is an irresponsible and egotistical waste of money as he heads out of office. Gov. Malloy needs to get on his horse, ride into the sunset and leave taxpayers alone.”