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Stamford anti-tolls group flags Greenwich senator’s bill to authorize them on highways

January 22, 2019

STAMFORD — Patrick Sasser, a founder of the grassroots group Say No to CT Tolls, is calling for residents who oppose what he calls “just another tax on the hardworking men and women of Connecticut,” to attend community meetings in reaction to a bill filed in Hartford by Greenwich state Sen. Alexandra Bergstein.

Sasser said it’s the first of what likely will be several bills to authorize state highway tolls that will be filed this legislative year.

“Tolls on every single highway in the state is going to hurt families, hurt businesses, and ultimately drive even more people out of Connecticut,” Sasser said.

“This is not how you make Connecticut a place where people can grow and thrive. This will raise the cost of living in Connecticut, not only for driving to work, but also by driving up the cost groceries and the goods we need to survive. Enough is enough. People can’t afford this,” Sasser said.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s latest tolling study proposed 82 tolls on all of Connecticut’s major highways in an effort to raise $1 billion per year.

“This is going to cost people thousands of dollars per year. We need legislators and Governor Lamont to listen to the voice of the people, not the monied special interests who are pushing for tolls,” Sasser said.

Bergstein will hold public meetings at New Canaan Town Hall Tuesday, at the Italian Center on Newfield Avenue in Stamford at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and at the Greenwich Library Thursday.

Say No to CT Tolls encourages everyone who opposes tolls to attend the community meetings.

Visit www.NoTollsCT.org for information.

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