PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:

February 16, 2011

Contact:
Ryan Lynch
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
(860) 796-6988

Statement on Gov. Malloy's Budget Address

Governor Malloy’s proposal to increase the gasoline tax by three cents and his call to ensure that gasoline and diesel fuel taxes are spent on transportation would be tremendous leaps forward for transportation investment in the next two years. Shoring up the beleaguered Special Transportation Fund, which is set to run a deficit in the coming year, is imperative if Governor Malloy’s call for a 21st century transportation system is to be achieved. Just as imperative is for the state to prioritize existing road and bridge infrastructure and support mass transit throughout the state.

The Governor’s call to hold the line on rail and bus fares is important and should be applauded.  Proposing to increase support for the Urban and Industrial Site Reinvestment tax credit is also a smart step forward that could be made smarter if the program is recalibrated to target investment in transit-oriented areas. 

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.