Connecticut toll plan on life support

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A planned vote on bringing highway tolls back was scrapped Wednesday by lawmakers.

Supporters say there was not enough votes for the plan to move forward. The plan would start the process of adding tolls to I-95, I-84, I-91 and the Merritt Parkway. In-state drivers would get up to a 50 percent discount.

A yes vote would have got the ball rolling on the planning process. Then in a year or two, lawmakers would have had to vote whether to actually implement the tolls.

The state House speaker says there's simply too much misinformation on the plan and that it's spooking fellow lawmakers.

"I can't impose my will on the entire General Assembly," says House Speaker Joe Aresmowicz.

On I-95, a trip from Greenwich to Bridgeport would cost as little as $1.23 at rush hour, and just 98 cents the rest of the day.  On the Merritt Parkway, the drive to Milford could be as low as $1.37.

Drivers like Pat Bria, of Bethel, say tolls are a bad idea. 

"Totally against it," says Bria. "It's going to drive more people out of the state."
 

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