NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -- Tolls continue to be a hot-button topic, and residents have a chance to make their opinions known Monday evening.

Lawmakers are holding a forum in New Britain to discuss questions and concerns about the tolls proposal.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the New Britain Senior Center.

The debate over tolls is a hot one, but the decision will ultimately be made by lawmakers and time is running out. They have just one month to vote. 

If the governor's plan is approved, it could raise close to a billion dollars to state roads and bridges. 

Projects like the Charter Oak Bridge are expensive, not only to maintain, but widen. 

"This is the only solution we have seen that doesn't put 100 percent of the burden on CT taxpayers," said Don Shubert, CT Construction Association. 

Don Subert from the CT Construction Association said the state is not spending enough money to maintain what we have. 

Republicans have a plan to borrow $700 million for 30 years, which means taxpayers pay $35.2 billion. 

Democrats tolls plan will cost taxpayers $12.96 billion, with out of state drivers paying $8.6 billion. 

Over the weekend, Channel 3 conducted a new poll about tolls, asking folks if they have changed their minds about the proposal at all.

As of Monday morning, 92 percent of voters said tolls were still a bad idea. Six percent said they would help the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Click here to vote in the poll.

Some time has passed, have you changed your mind about tolls in CT?

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The Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank, feels tolls are a bad policy, especially since taxpayers don't have a lot of detail or control. 

"What we've got is a toll bill that we have been promised will do various things, but it goes through no matter what. Once it's authorized, it will go through," said Scott Shepard, Yankee Institute. 

The Yankee Institute feels the plan needs to spell out how much per mile and include guarantees costs won't be higher. 

The governor is planning to release an updated version of his plan soon.

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(6) comments

EasternCTTrailerTrash

You seem a bit triggered here. You also don’t seem that well educated. Firstly the way you seem to be carrying on and name calling and stereotyping all people that don’t agree with you make you look like you are far less than well educated. Furthermore as a fiscal conservative I actually support rolling as long as protections are put in place to ensure no funds are diverted from transportation, as transportation is the sole reason for tolls. Which brings me to my second point on why you appear to be less than well educated. Tolls are not intended for bleeding hart politician pocket liners, masquerading around under the guise of social justice programs, their sole purpose is to fund transportation spending.

Taxpayer

There is no debate. The tolls are coming regardless of what Connecticut residents think. We have been complaining about taxes for years and they keep going up. It doesn't matter what we want...

Logicandreason101

With tolls, out of state drivers, we see them every day, would contribute to the costs of infrastructure improvement in CT. With the republican plan of borrowing, CT residents would have to pay that back, which would be recouped through....taxes, and all of it would be on CT residents backs. It is a pretty simple choice for me. Put the tolls up.

Well Educated Liberal

Enough of the debate! Build the tolls, build the tolls, build the tolls. Suck it up and pay up, greedy neocon pukes! #Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach

326

At the point of typing this comment... 91.9% albeit likely a small sample haven't changed their minds and don't want tolls.

The inflation alone will hurt our own residents more than tolls will help the state. Does the entire state have to go on strike to get the point across to Ned Lamont? It's a non-starter, fix the budget and find another source of revenue.

Well Educated Liberal

Who did they poll? East of the river trailer trash that voted for fooley and drumpftler? The well educated and intelligent people that voted for Governor Lamont, in a landslide mind you, want the tolls. We need them to fund programs for those in need and social justice programs. #Warren/Harris2020 #HillaryisMYPresident #I'mStillWithHer #neverdrumpf #resist #impeach #buildthetolls

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