Speaker Calls Out Minority Republican Attempt To Block Transportation Funding "Lockbox" On Technicality

June 6, 2017

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) said the House Republicans’ attempt to stop passage of a constitutional “Lockbox” for state transportation funding on a technical maneuver is “shameful, and once again exposes the minority party’s session-long mantra of putting politics ahead of the interests of taxpayers.”

The Speaker added, “this is another example of showing the people of Connecticut that House Republicans really don’t care about looking for ways to fix our outdated transportation infrastructure, and that their only priority is looking ahead to the 2018 elections.”

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) said, “We have heard over and over, ‘We need a lockbox.” Well here we are, about to vote on a transportation lockbox and some who voted for the identical resolution last year, blocked the road with technicalities. For Connecticut to compete with New York and Massachusetts, we must invest in our transportation infrastructure. Connecticut’s future social and economic growth depends on it.”

House Chair of the Transportation Committee, Rep. Tony Guerrera (D-Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Newington) said, “Here we are trying to secure transportation funding in a lockbox, ensuring that the state’s Special Transportation Fund is dedicated solely to transportation projects, and we encounter resistance. Tolls have an even stricter lockbox – the federal government requires all toll revenue to go to infrastructure – and we see similar resistance. Connecticut Residents can’t afford to wait; we must invest in transportation now. Every day we put off making these tough decisions, we risk tragedy on our decaying roads and bridges.”