HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Republican lawmakers were surprised to read the Washington Post this weekend and learn that as a member of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, Connecticut has applied for a federal grant to launch a pilot program for a mileage tax.
“If you thought the idea of tolls was unpopular, just wait until you try to tax Connecticut residents for every single mile they drive,” Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, said. “That tax will hit drivers every day. It will hit you everywhere you go, even if you are driving to a hospital emergency room.”
The federal grant, which the group applied for last month, would allow Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire to recruit 50 volunteers from each of the states to act as guinea pigs. The volunteers would then receive fake invoices for the miles they drove.
Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said the agency did apply for the federal grant. However, “we have no intention of moving forward with a mileage-based user fee program.”
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