Malloy to focus on transportation during second term

- FILE - Governor Dannel Malloy (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Saying that being stuck in constant traffic jams is a form of tax that Connecticut can no longer afford, Governor Malloy says he is ready to take another road.

In his State of the State address to the legislature, he trumpeted his accomplishments in his first term, including spending more on transportation. He also made it clear that that was only the beginning, and that transportation and finding a way to pay for it will be a major focus of his second term.

“Nobody likes tolls, nobody likes the gas tax, and nobody likes a bad transportation system,” said Gov. Malloy. “You know, you can’t fix a bad transportation system without revenue, and I think we have to have a mature discussion about what kind of transportation system do we want Connecticut to have in the next 10, 20, and 50 years.”

But everyone knows that the legislature and previous administrations have raided transportation funds raised by the gas tax in the past to help balance the rest of the budget. The Governor says he has a plan.

“A lockbox needs to be built into all of our borrowing around the issue of transportation so that we’d have to break Bonding Covenants, which you can’t legally do, to get at any of that money, and we should build an iron-clad system to make sure that there’s no diversion of transportation dollars ever again,” said Gov. Malloy.

He plans to give specifics of his long-term transportation plan during his budget address in February.

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