Kupchick and Devlin say pass a Transportation Lockbox now

State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) both came out strongly today in favor of a constitutional amendment to protect state transportation funds, as known as the Transportation Lockbox.

The legislation, House Joint Resolution 55 & 52 Proposing an Amendment to the State Constitution Concerning Transportation Funds, would safeguard funds placed in the Special Transportation Fund from being raided after they are deposited or diverted in the event of a budgetary shortfall.   

Both resolutions received a public hearing in the Transportation committee on February 27th.

Rep. Kupchick said, “Connecticut’s bridges, highways, and railways are old and in desperate need of repair and upgrades. Across the state, members of both parties agree that serious reinvestment and reconstruction is necessary if we want to provide the most hospitable environment for citizens and economic growth. This kind of resurgence isn’t possible if the Special Transportation Fund is used to fill gaps in other areas of the budget. It’s time to tell state officials to keep their hand off these transportation funds leaving the state’s infrastructure in peril.”  

As a member of the legislature’s Transportation committee Rep. Laura Devlin hopes a true transportation lockbox is passed this session.

“My constituents expect we keep the promise made when the Special Transportation Fund was created — to limit the use of transportation dollars collected through the gas tax and other sources solely for reinvestment back into our state transportation infrastructure.” said Rep. Devlin.   There is no doubt our state’s infrastructure needs funding. These resolutions will ensure that the money collected will be used only for its intended purpose by providing for a truly “locked” fund, not just an empty box full of holes. Frankly, the public is fed up with the lack of transparency and the diversion of transportation funds.

Governor Malloy last year asked that a constitutional lockbox be created so tax dollars for rail upgrades are not raided to balance the state budget.

If either one of these transportation lockbox amendments to the state constitution is passed by three-fourths vote of the House of Representatives and State Senate it will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

Both transportation lockbox amendments to the state constitution now await further Transportation committee action. Their committee deadline is March 20.

State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) .

State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) .

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