HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - An anti-toll group put up a giant "toll troll" display at the state capitol in Hartford on Tuesday.

The Yankee Institute for Public Policy said it put up 82 toll trolls and a giant inflatable 10 foot troll on the front lawn of the capitol between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

It said drivers were able to see them from Capitol Avenue.

The institute said its goal was to raise awareness of the tolls proposal making its way through the state legislature.

It said tolls would tax Connecticut drivers hundreds of millions of dollars per year just to drive to work.

Tuesday wasn't the first time toll trolls invaded the capitol. The Yankee Institute put them up last April too.

Gov. Ned Lamont included tolls as part of his budget proposal.

His latest proposal is a plan for 53 gantries on four of the state's highways-- I-91, I-95, I-84, and Route 15.

He continues to say that the revenue generated from tolls would help upgrade the state's transportation infrastructure, including a number of deteriorating bridges around the state.

He said it was not an easy decision to propose tolls, but the state needs reliable revenue and no more borrowing.

"The trust has been broken, people have been told promises, Ned Lamont ran on the campaign he was only going to toll trucks and a couple days into his new office he changed that," said Patrick Sasser, of No Tolls CT.

His group has about 90,000 members.

Earlier this month, the governor, legislative leaders, and some of the state's mayors and first selectman made a big pitch for tolls, saying CT must fix its roads and bridges and improve train service, and tolls make out of state drivers share the cost.

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(8) comments

Ethical1

Ummm Nope! Roland & Rell only had a total of 16years in office between the two. Then Malloy had 8yrs and made more debt not less debt. So either way I'm glad that I didn't vote for Ned and for those that did you're getting what you've got coming.

CT Conservative

No Tolls.
Would you kindly fix the roads I was already taxed to fix,so I am not causing damage to the car I am anually taxed to drive,which I purchaced with income you already taxed,which sits in my driveway of my home that is highly taxed.

Well Educated Liberal

Everyone needs to quit complaining about the tolls. Especially the repukes because it's your fault we're in this mess. rowland and rell spent over 20 years lining their pockets with taxpayer money. The tolls and taxes are needed to support those in need, social justice programs, schools and our infrastructure. Enough is enough! #Buildthetolls #Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach

CT Conservative

Well educated might be questionable but you are definitely a tax and spend liberal.
First off Jodie Rell left office with a budget surplus which took Malloy no time to spend.
Next voters passed a referndum on a lock box which that is where the toll money is supposed to go.
I travel every road on my way to and from work the proposed tolls will take 1,000 a yr of my table .
CT taxpayers pay enough to have our roads in good repair without another tax!!!
Lets start cutting spending!!
Oh and by the It was Malloy who wrecked this state. 560 million on a bus line that no one rides.

Ethical1

Roland & Rell together only served 16yrs. We had 8yrs of Malloy and instead of working to clear up some of the mess you're claiming was made by Roland & Rell instead Malloy dug us deeper into debt. I"m glad I didn't vote for Ned and to all that you got what you wanted.

Ethical1

Ummm Nope! Roland & Rell only had a total of 16years in office between the two. Then Malloy had 8yrs and made more debt not less debt. So either way I'm glad that Ididn't vote for Ned and for those that did you're getting what you've got coming.

Feddup

Thought the governor campaigned on making CT a more desirable place for taxpayers to NOT flee the state. CT, Land of Steady Habits. Still ain't changing. Tax & Spend.

326

"It said it would tax Connecticut drivers hundreds of millions of dollars per year just to drive to work." Wake up Connecticut residents, you'll be wishing the gas tax went up 100% if tolls happen.

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