HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Ned Lamont released what he called a "working draft" of a transportation proposal, which includes tolls.
In the 24-page proposal, the governor proposes no more than a total of 50 gantries.
Tolls would be placed on I-84, I-91, I-95 and Route 15.
The proposed cost is 4.4 cents per mile during peak travel periods, which could vary by no more than 1.3 cents. Off peak would be 3.5 cents per mile.
The CT Transportation Commission, a new panel created by Lamont, will decide what is peak and not peak.
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The proposal also says toll rates will not be increased for the first three years.
It also mentions discounts or credits to customers who frequently travel on tolled highways.
Also in the draft is a proposal to lower the gas tax by $0.05 over five years.
Read the full proposal here.
“The bottom line is he has to get to $1 billion. I don’t if these numbers add up to $1 billion, there’s no evidence of that, there is no proof of that, and if the purpose of this plan is to get to $1 billion and this plan doesn’t then why are we doing it,” said Republican State Senator and Minority Leader Len Fasano.
However, Democrats argue this draft is only the beginning of an ongoing debate that will continue in a special session on tolls this summer.
The House speaker is urging Republicans to come up with a better transportation plan.
"They need to make a decision. Whether infrastructure improvements in the state are important and willing to do or not. If it's not, then step to the side and let us do our job and stop throwing rocks from the sidelines,” said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, Democratic House Speaker.
The Republican plan would borrow $750 million a year for transportation.
There is opposition to tolls, as a large anti-toll rally was held this past weekend.
Also, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association came out against tolls, saying in part "At this time of fiscal instability due to high state spending and fixed costs, we cannot support highway tolls." Read its full statement here.
Lawmakers have yet to vote on two-year budget that is said to be a work in progress with the governor.
Democratic leaders expect that will be finalized before the session ends in two weeks.