Wrap up the week and prepare for the weekend with the legendary Brad Davis! Here’s what’s on tap this morning:
– We dive back into the Connecticut bridge issue as the bridge report came out yesterday, and it’s not good…
-Senator Toni Boucher is co-chair of the transportation committee, During Wednesday’s presentation at the Council of Governments, DOT commissioner Redeker also updated local officials that the Bond Commission previously authorized $10 million for an evaluation of tolls, following the governor’s executive order. Redeker said the goal is to put out a request for proposals for assistance in developing a strategic plan for DOT’s funding needs over 20 years, find out where the funding gaps are and what tolls might do if enabled, and complete revenue estimates, traffic impacts, environmental assessments, preliminary designs and public outreach. “That said, none of that’ll happen if the new governor doesn’t want it, so we’re kind of waiting to see what happens in the election,” he said. “It would have to be a governor or legislature telling us to go forward, and if we started, it would be four to five years before we’d be in a place to actually start collecting tolls.”
Redeker said DOT has run numbers that show tolls could generate a billion dollars net per year, and 40 percent of that would come from out-of-state residents. By comparison, to generate $1 billion with the gas tax, that tax would have to be raised by 60 to 70 cents a gallon, he said. Redeker said he’ll do as directed regarding tolling but there are some reasons to do this to shift the burden. “In fact, you could put tolls in and lower the gas tax probably and really shift the funding profile to out-of-state [drivers] and trucks paying more of their share,” he said.
– Dr. Peter Glidden,a Licensed Naturopathic doctor with 30 years of clinical experience will talk about suicide is on the rise. Anthony Bourdain & Kate Spade are the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that one of the side effects of anti-depressants is suicide? I bet your audience does…
– Senator Kevin Witkos is serving his fifth term in the state Senate. He became the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore in January 2017 and he proudly represents the 8th Senate District, which includes the communities of Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury and Torrington and will talk about: We’ve only recovered 88 percent of jobs lost in the recession,” said Eric Gedje, the vice president for governmental affairs at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the largest business organization in the state. “Other states have done a much better job. Massachusetts has gained back more than 300 percent of their jobs.” The state legislature has enacted two of the largest tax increases in Connecticut’s history, according to Gedje. Despite those, he said, the state is collecting less revenue than before the increases.
– Curtis Robinson will be into talk about The Curtis and Sheila Robinson Foundation Gives to Residents in Need. Southington Police, Central Baptist Church in Southington and Southington Community Center Partners with the Robinsons to Help Families.
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