HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters have agreed to amend the state’s constitution to ensure transportation revenues are spent on transportation projects.
A diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations, including labor unions, business associations, major state employers, environmental groups and transportation organizations, has been pushing for the so-called transportation lockbox. The constitutional change now requires all state taxes and fees imposed for transportation needs, including public transportation and improvements and maintenance of roads and bridges, is spent on those purposes.
While some Republican state legislators have complained the language isn’t strict enough to prevent future raids by the General Assembly, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano supported the measure, saying it’s a good start.
It comes as Connecticut faces hundreds of millions of dollars in needed transportation infrastructure fixes.