Rep. Ferguson Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment on Toll Legislation at Public Hearing
HARTFORD – State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) advised residents of border towns in Connecticut to submit testimony in opposition to all legislation calling for installation of electronic toll booths on state highways in a public hearing to be held on Monday. There are currently five bills which have been submitted to the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee that each call for a variety of ways to institute tolling in Connecticut.
“As a Danbury resident, I fully understand how putting tolls at Connecticut’s borders is a unique and massive detriment to families in businesses in border towns,” said Rep. Ferguson. “All of these proposals submitted to the Transportation Committee to raise revenue from border tolls will unfairly punish people in border towns who frequently travel to neighboring states for work and to visit family. In Danbury, businesses rely heavily on customers who can travel in from New York State without a hassle. It is financially discriminatory legislation against certain commuters just because of the stretch of road they use for work and personal travel. I have received countless emails, phone calls, and personal appeals from my constituents expressing their fear of expensive border tolls that would force them to pay for shortfalls in the budget. None of the lawmakers who introduced tolling legislation represent towns that neighbor other states. We need to stand together as a community and oppose all of these proposals. On Monday, I want anyone who would be affected by tolls to make your voices heard at this public hearing.”
The Transportation Committee will hear testimony on the five bills calling for tolling on Monday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The text of each of the tolling bills is available at here
State Representative Michael Ferguson represents the 138th district communities of Danbury, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield.