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Stamford, CT | Added on January 07, 2015 At 06:17 PM

For Connecticut’s Gov Dannel Malloy, Transportation is a priority.

The Democratic Governor kicked off his new term today with a State of the State address, much of it centering on the creation of a transportation lock box. 

“Today, I am proposing that Connecticut create a secure transportation lock box that will ensure every single dollar raised for transportation is spent on transportation, now and into the future.”

It’s a bi-partisan sentiment echoed among many lawmakers in Connecticut’s Capital. Right now, Connecticut faces a one point three billion dollar deficit in the next state budget, a number only expected to grow nearly two billion in the next two years.  In recent decades, the solution was to move funds allocated for The Special Transportation Fund to the General Revenue Fund .  That move is now under fire.

“Simply put, our investments have not kept pace with our needs, and our residents and businesses are paying the price. It’s unacceptable. We need a new approach.”

Governor Malloy pointed out a few ways he would use the transportation revenue over his next term, some of which include: widening I-95 and fixing its entrance and exit ramps , building new rail stations and upgrading existing stations , and creating a  statewide, 21st Century bus service with real-time updates commuters can check on their cell phones.

“We can have an open and honest discussion of what needs to happen to transform our infrastructure to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st Century.  We can do it this year. In this session.”

Malloy’s speech comes amid an ongoing debate on whether to install tolls on Connecticut Highways.  More information on Malloy’s transportation policies should be available in February when he proposes his 2 – year budget.

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