Gov. Malloy’s Transportation Commissioner James Redeker took his Chicken Little routine on the road and in each community, he proclaimed that the Special Transportation Fund sky is falling and only tolls and tax increases can save us. He set the stage for Redeker’s appearances when he announced the indefinite suspension of nearly 400 repair and improvement projects. It appears he intends to maximize commuters’ pain to lower their resistance to giving the state even more money than they already do.
Many of my Democrat colleagues are ready to join the Governor and commissioner on the toll train. They have been laying the track for several years and readily point to surrounding states suggesting we are ignoring a vast funding resource, but before we start spending that imaginary toll money, we should look at how we spend the money we have.