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Dems:  truck tolls vote next week.  But there's this one thing...


The CT Mirror

February 11, 2020

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin and Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney of New Haven said Tuesday that each has convinced the other they have the votes necessary to pass legislation next week authorizing tractor trailer tolls on a dozen highway bridges. But there’s a significant complication.

The Democratic leaders still have to convince their rank-and-file that the other chamber’s count can be trusted. And that is leading to the possibility of the House and Senate acting simultaneously — an unprecedented scheme immediately denounced by Republican minority leaders as a mockery of parliamentary process, legislative history and common sense.

“It is the intent to bring it up at the same time,” Aresimowicz said.

Looney acknowledged hours later in a separate interview that synchronized debating and voting indeed was under consideration, though it was not his preference.

Nor would it be easy to achieve.

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Lamont proposes $45 M for development authority pushed by tolls ally

The CT Mirror

February 7, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont has proposed borrowing $45 million to launch a transit-orientated development authority that still lacks an oversight board and that he and lawmakers effectively opted not to fund eight months ago.

Senate Republican leader Len Fasano blasted the move Thursday, calling it an "irresponsible" effort to buy votes for truck tolls.

"Why are we giving $45 million to a yet-to-be-formed agency that has no track record?" Fasano asked. "This is irresponsible."

But House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, who spearheaded the creation of the Connecticut Municipal Redevelopment Authority, and the Lamont administration counter-charged that Fasano is resorting to partisan sniping and distortions to stymie a statewide transportation rebuild.

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