We have severe infrastructure needs which pose a safety hazard, as well as a detriment to attracting businesses to our state.
I strongly oppose any proposal to use General Obligation Bonds to cover these costs, as it adds a tremendous amount of debt and severely reduces our ability to bond for school construction, community care facilities, among others . We must work to find a way to fund transportation without further burdening our taxpayers.
I will not support tolls if the overall burden to the tax payer is greater than what we face now.
While I do not support the Governor's $10M executive order, we must consider reducing or eliminating the gas tax, increasing municipal aid to allow towns to eliminate the car tax, and instituting a straight tax credit for CT residents and small businesses. We must also consider the negative effects of bonding such an extreme amount - and the dangers of inaction - before we make any decisions.
Bottom line: until we have clear data on these points, which at this point we do not, the only reasonable and educated response would be the need to gather more information.
Paid for by Liz Linehan 2016, Jeffrey Falk, Treasurer. Approved by Liz Linehan