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Folly to pay $10 million for a toll study

August 26, 2018

I was floored when I read the recent press release, in another local newspaper, regarding our governor’s desire to spend $10 million to fund a study of tolls on a few of Connecticut’s major highways. This has got to be a joke.

Our governor is essentially a lame-duck governor. Yet he wants to spend $10,000,000 of our hard-earned taxpayer money, from our seriously deficient state coffers, to “study” a project that has not yet been approved by the voters.

If our governor really wants to spend money, let him take a look at the current state of repair (or lack thereof) of our existing highways and bridges that are in dire need of immediate rehabilitation. Not for some pie-in-the-sky study for a project that has possibly an eight-year payback period, absolutely no benefit for our taxpayers, and no relief for our state’s indebtedness for the next decade, if even then or if ever.

A wise man once said “One cannot spend oneself to prosperity.”

Before we spend or contract to spend any additional monies not already approved, I suggest Hartford first take a hard look at the State of New York infrastructure work to see whose pockets those taxpayer construction dollars landed in. I also suggest we take a hard look at the enterprises on the receiving end of our own tax dollars before granting any more contracts, especially for infrastructure work and other construction projects.

I still find it hard to believe the news release was not an April Fools joke. The whole idea is ludicrous. It lacks any semblance of reason.

Let’s hope our elected officials, of both persuasions, pull together to put a stop to this folly.

Geoff Harrington

Ridgefield

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