Lawmakers who helped block Gov. Ned Lamont’s plan to increase funding want the state to invest millions on transit improvements in their districts.
Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday after meeting with Democratic legislative leaders that tractor-trailer tolls are off the table, saying Senate Democrats could not deliver a on promised vote.
The vote on tolls will not come before next week, the top Senate leader said Tuesday night.
Democrats say there will be a vote next week on the bill. Or maybe two of them. It’s complicated.
After cancelling a special session slated for Monday, Democratic legislative leaders assured Gov. Ned Lamont that they have the votes to pass his transportation funding plan the week of Feb. 10.
A House and Senate deadlock is forcing the postponement of a vote on the governor’s transportation infrastructure plan.
Democratic leaders said they hope to finalize a tolls bill at a meeting Tuesday afternoon and schedule a public hearing next week.
Wrapping up the transportation bill by Tuesday would enable lawmakers to schedule a public hearing and a vote count.
The goal is to pass the $19 billion transportation bill, which requires tolls for tractor trailers, before the regular 2020 session opens Feb. 5.
The Democratic majorities of the General Assembly edged ever so cautiously Tuesday toward a consensus on a 10-year, $19 billion transportation infrastructure plan.
As Gov. Lamont tries to convince lawmakers that tolls will remain fixed, his history is working against him.
Democrats say settling on a transportation financing plan is key to the state’s economic growth. It also is important to their relationship with labor.
Senate Democrats unequivocally backed the governor for the first time on transportation funding.
Legislative leaders are going to the Executive Residence today to talk to Gov. Ned Lamont about the prospects of passing a transportation financing bill in special session.
House Democrats recycled a campaign proposal made and abandoned by Gov. Ned Lamont: Trucks-only tolls.