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Cathy Osten

Representing Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich & Sprague

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Statement of Sen. Osten Re: Passage of Toll Bills

HARTFORD – State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), who is a member of the Transportation Committee, issued the following statement this afternoon in response to the Transportation Committee passing three toll bills today: Senate Bill 423 and House Bills 7202 and 7280.

“Today’s passage of three toll bills, all with very specific language, represents the real beginning of rebuilding our roads and bridges here in Connecticut. We’re the only state on the eastern seaboard without tolls. Half of the other states in America are raising their gasoline taxes in order to fund road repairs, including those who already have tolls. It’s clear to me that other states are paying cash for their road repairs and infrastructure improvements, something Connecticut is currently unable to do. So we’re falling behind once again in the race for jobs and economic development. We’ve got business leaders and business surveys telling us how important good roads and bridges are. So we need tolls, and the steady stream of revenue they will provide, to help us achieve the things that our citizens and our business owners want.”

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