Connecticut’s road to truck tolls goes through Rhode Island

Democratic leaders who hold a majority in the Connecticut House and Senate said they are open to Lamont’s campaign pledge to install truck tolls on the state’s highways and major routes

The new Democratic governor predicted truck tolls could generate a $100 million a year for road, rail and bridge repairs.

“I’m sure he will introduce [truck tolls] and I will support that,” said Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven. “If the governor wants to begin with that as an incremental step, I would support that.”

A potential obstacle is ongoing court challenges. The American Trucking Association has sued Rhode Island, arguing that truck tolls violate the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.