It is not official yet, but tolls are coming back to Connecticut highways. That’s the word from State Representatives Tony Guerrera (D) Rocky Hill, and Pam Sawyer, (R) Bolton. During the taping of this week’s Face the State, both predicted a toll bill will be passed by the legislature and Governor Malloy will sign it into law. Guerrera is for tolls and even though Sawyer is against them, she says there aren’t votes to stop the resurrection of tolls, although the form in which they will return is still being debated.
On Sunday you’ll see both representatives presenting good arguments for and against, and Guerrera explaining how his plan for tolls would work. Hint: if you are looking for a job as a toll taker, you’re out of luck.
Those who were of age in the 1980s will remember that tolls were a daily part of Connecticut driving. Then in 1983, a truck driver plowed into the Stratford toll plaza killing seven people in a fiery disaster. That led to an escalation of talks on getting rid of the tolls.
On Face the State this Sunday, we’ll take a quick look back at the debate over tolls that dominated the headlines nearly three decades ago. State senators Tom Scott and William DiBella were our guests on Face the State on March 30, 1984, discussing the pros and cons of tolls. A year later the tolls became history.
Also this Sunday, the Hanging Shad’s Patrick Scully is here to talk about his findings regarding possible legislative excess. The Democrats lost seats in the legislature this year, so why is the legislative staff bigger? Tune in this Sunday at 11 AM for Face the State. Pat also writes about Face the State right here: http://scullycommunications.com/archives/1867