Whether he succeeds or fails, Gov. Ned Lamont’s campaign for electronic highway tolling already marks him as a rarity in U.S. politics: A newly elected official expending enormous political capital today on an idea that would yield limited benefits, if any, until he leaves office.
His proposal to require all motorists to pay tolls on the Merritt Parkway and Interstates 84, 91 and 95 could raise more than $800 million annually, but probably not before 2023, a year after the 65-year-old governor’s term ends.
“I’m going to make the next governor look really good. That’s OK,” Lamont said. “But more importantly, I’ve got to show the people of Connecticut and business leaders or folks thinking about moving to this state what our transportation system’s going to look like.”