HARTFORD – In the House of Representatives on June 6, State Representative David Rutigliano (R-123) stood in strong opposition to a proposal that would take the first steps towards implementing electronic tolls throughout Connecticut.
The proposal, offered as a strike-all amendment by the legislature’s Transportation Committee, would have requested the Commissioner of Transportation to prepare a state-wide plan to implement electronic tolling systems on the highways of this state.
One of the proposed plans pushed by the Department of Transportation would have ten tolls on the Merritt Parkway from Greenwich to New Haven, twelve tolls on I-95 from Greenwich to New Haven, and potentially 72 tolls throughout the state. These tolls to not affect some of our federal funding would be have to be a controversial congested priced scheme which means the toll would increase during high traffic times.
“At last week’s presentation by DOT, I was shocked at the enormous breath and scope of their tolling proposal. They seem to want to toll every limited access highway from I-95 to the Merritt Parkway to Route 8, Route 25 and Route 7. Also the findings that 70% of toll money would be paid by Connecticut residents flies in the face of trying to get the out-of-state drivers and instead is just another tax on our already overburdened residents,” said Rep. Rutigliano. “Connecticut does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Until we seriously reconsider how we spend taxpayers’ dollars, we cannot impose yet another tax upon the residents of Connecticut.”
The requested plan would seek to identify the highways, or the portions thereof, where such electronic tolling systems may be located and the toll amounts that may be charged; including the use of dynamic pricing witch could potentially penalize commuters as toll pricing would change during peak use hours or periods of heavy traffic.
The bill was tabled after a few hours of debate when it became apparent that the toll proposal would not have enough votes to pass in the House of Representatives.
Trumbull, CT– State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) received the unanimous endorsement of the Republican delegates as their candidate to represent the 123nd Assembly district of Trumbull at the Town Hall Thursday May 24.
Standing before a group of enthusiastic supporters, Rep Rutigliano pledged to work hard to win the seat, emphasizing how residents of the district deserve a powerful and dedicated advocate.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the support of the people of Trumbull. I have made it my mission at the State Capitol to always do what right is for the people I represent,” said Rutigliano.
Representative Rutigliano serves on the Legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, the General Law Committee, and the Regulation review Committee. He also serves as a Minority “Whip”
When not serving Trumbull at the State Capitol, Representative Rutigliano, is a partner in a local restaurant group that includes the Sitting Duck Tavern in Trumbull and Stratford, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar and the SBC Restaurant in Milford.
Rutigliano has risen through the leadership ranks at the capitol. He is seen as a new kind of leader; one that brings people together and focuses on problem solving. Rutigliano has influenced the budget process by advocating for common sense reforms, while protecting Trumbull Taxpayers
Matt Caron, Chairman of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee, said of Rutigliano, “David is part of a new group of leaders that brings real world experience to the legislature, demonstrating a common-sense approach in tackling our states issues. Rep Rutigliano will continue to do and outstanding job on behalf of the citizens of Trumbull,”
Rutigliano in his remarks called for Connecticut to accept this opportunity and change our future. “This year citizens of Connecticut have the opportunity to change course. We have the opportunity to start what will be a long process of repairing what has been broken, said Rep. Rutigliano. “With a new governor and a new legislature, we can begin to re-build our economy, re-build our infrastructure, and most importantly re-build our reputation. I am committed to being part of that process”.
“I will also continue to focus on solutions that create opportunities for our young people, so if they choose they can stay here and start their own families,” said Rutigliano. “Connecticut does not always have to be last and on the losing end of things. If we can restore balance to our system of taxation, reform regulations, and fix our aging infrastructure we can turn things around. Connecticut has so much to offer if we could just set our economy free.”
House Minority leader, Themis Klarides, also praised Rutigliano for his dedication and leadership ability “It is important that that we have the right team in place to make the necessary changes to get Connecticut fixed and back on its feet again, I can think of no one more qualified than David Rutigliano for the job.”
David lives in the Tashua section of Trumbull with his wife of 28 years, Michele and his two sons, David and Joseph, both of whom attend Trumbull Public School, and their dog Brandi “Waffles”.