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Voters approve transportation lockbox, sale of public lands measures

November 7, 2018

Voters approved two ballot questions during Tuesday’s midterm election that focused on the Special Transportation Fund and the sale of state-owned property.

Connecticut voters have agreed that money in the Special Transportation Fund should be used only for transportation purposes.

Since 2005, roughly $500 million was diverted from the Special Transportation Fund by lawmakers that instead put the money toward general government spending.

“This is an enormous victory for our state’s future as Connecticut desperately needs investment in transportation infrastructure,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “While surrounding states have made real investments, Connecticut has allowed our roads, bridges, tunnels, and rails to fall into a state of disrepair, hurting our economy and making our infrastructure less safe for the traveling public.”

Approval Tuesday solidifies a future for the fund and prevents the General Assembly from raiding the fund during a fiscal crisis.

State residents also approved a requirement that public hearings be held in the General Assembly on any state-owned or state-controlled land sales or transfers. The measure also requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate for any transactions involving property owned by the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Advocates fought for roughly four years to put an end to senators and state representatives working with insiders to trade or give away state property with little oversight and transparency.

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