Debate heats up in Hartford around bringing back tolls to Connecticut

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants to crack down on Connecticut drivers who don’t pay their Mass. Pike tolls. The Connecticut General Assembly looks like it might be ready to return the favor.

That’s right, it’s time for the annual Toll Debate in Hartford. And this time around, the pro-toll forces may have the votes. Our free ride on Connecticut highways could soon be over.

Connecticut lawmakers are staring at yet another budget deficit. The potential revenue could be too good to pass up: A recent state-funded report shows tolls could bring in $950 million a year, after expenses, with gantries dotted across 10 interstates and other highways.