Devlin: Transportation ‘Lock Box’ passed key legislative hurdle

In final Transportation committee legislative action, State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) supported legislation to guarantee that the all monies collected and earmarked for transportation, are indeed spent on transportation.

Devlin, who proposed an identical bill this session, voted in favor of HB-6857, An Act Protecting Transportation Funds also called the “Lockbox Bill.” Implementing a lock box will ensure that monies collected for transportation are indeed spent on transportation.

Devlin reiterated that Connecticut needs to invest more in its existing transportation infrastructure, specifically the recurring problems of the Metro North New Haven line.

“I want to thank Governor Malloy for embracing the transportation lockbox concept and hopefully ending the practice of using funds earmarked for transportation for non-transportation purposes,” said Rep. Devlin. “Transportation is always on the minds of us in Fairfield County this bill starts the conversation on investing in our transportation infrastructure.”

According to CGS sec. 13b-69, Special Transportation Funds are supposed to be used exclusively to pay for transportation projects. PA 13-277 (sec. 76) underscored this policy by making this dedication of funds even clearer. Yet the Special Transportation Fund continues to be raided to fund operating and other state expenses.  In 2013-2014 the STF received a net $91 million less than what was promised and the current budget assumes a raid of $20 million.

State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134)

State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134)

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