Transportation funding a political battle in Conn.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, accompanied by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, addresses a news conference at MTA headquarters, in New York, Monday, June 9, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, accompanied by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, addresses a news conference at MTA headquarters, in New York, Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A broken railroad bridge that has snarled the commutes of hundreds of thousands of Connecticut commuters has become the latest flashpoint in a political fight over transportation funding.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, the ranking Republican senator on the legislature’s Transportation Committee, says Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has transferred $184 million from the special transportation fund since the Democrat took office in 2011.

Malloy’s office disputes Boucher. Although the administration removed $76.5 million in 2014, it deposited nearly $381 million the same year. The governor’s office said it has steadily increased funding from gas tax revenue, from $10.5 million in 2004 to $379 million this year.

Rep. Tony Guerrera, co-chairman of the Transportation Committee, said the argument is almost moot. He says the fund is insufficient to fix Connecticut’s many transportation problems.

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