Legislator backs White House toll proposal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key lawmaker in the Connecticut General Assembly is embracing a White House proposal to loosen restrictions on tolling federal interstates.

Rocky Hill state Rep. Antonio “Tony” Guerrera, a co-chairman of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, said Thursday that tolls are the answer to Connecticut’s declining gas tax revenues. He said it would also allow the state to reduce its high taxes on gasoline.

States are currently barred from tolling federal interstates except if the money is used to add lanes or otherwise increase capacity. Also, they can be used if the highway tolls date back to before the federal interstate highway program was launched in 1956.

Guerrera said tolls would provide Connecticut with an annual revenue stream in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Much of that would be paid by out-of-state drivers.

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