Speaker calls vote on tolls this session ‘highly unlikely’
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) says it’s “highly unlikely” the Connecticut General Assembly will vote on an electronic tolling bill before the regular legislative session adjourns.
The Democrat’s comments on Thursday come a day after Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration expressed optimism that a tolling bill could be passed before the June 5 deadline. Lamont had previously suggested lawmakers focus on reaching a two-year budget agreement and tackle tolls in a special legislative session.
Colleen Flanagan Johnson, Lamont’s senior adviser, tells WTIC-AM that Lamont is pleased with the progress that’s been made on the budget and believes “now really is the time to get moving” on tolls.
Adamant in their opposition to tolls, legislative Republicans would likely debate any bill at length during the final hours of the session.