Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

March 5, 2019

Statement from Sen. Looney on Today’s GOP Press Conference on Transportation

“The Republican plan will put all transportation projects on Connecticut’s credit card rather than creating a new revenue stream through tolls to pay for these large essential projects,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven). “Once Connecticut pays off these bills in 20 years the interest will end up having the state pay 150% of the construction costs. In addition, the Republican plan only pays for minor fixes and repairs and does not fund major projects the state needs like the I-84 viaduct in Hartford, the I-84 Mixmaster in Waterbury, moveable rail bridges, and other large necessary projects.”

“If your family needs a new $1,000 refrigerator you have two options. Under the GOP plan you can put it on your credit card and pay it off over decades which will end up costing you $1,500. Or you can choose the Democratic plan and pay $600 while capturing nearly $400 from people from out-of-state.”