March 20, 2017

Coalition urges CT to adopt transportation lockbox

A coalition of more than 40 organizations is urging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state legislature to preserve transportation funding by adopting a so-called "lockbox" that would prevent money from the state's Special Transportation Fund (STF) from being used for other purposes.

Comprised of such diverse groups as Yale University, AAA organizations based in Connecticut, and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the coalition wants Malloy and lawmakers to adopt a resolution for a "constitutional lockbox" that would keep transportation revenues from being diverted to other areas of the budget so they are used only for transportation.

The coalition also calls for the state to maintain current revenues allocated to STF, in order to ensure sufficient funding for services and infrastructure investments over the next two years.

In a joint statement, the signers of the statement addressed to policymakers acknowledges the state's deteriorating transportation infrastructure, but calls the current STF financial position "fragile." Despite that, pressure has and will continue to exist to divert STF funds to other purposes, a practice that needs to be changed, the coalition says.

Members of the coalition include:

• AAA Northeast

• AAA, Allied Group

• American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut

• The Bridgeport Regional Business Council

• The Business Council of Fairfield County

• Capitol Region Council of Governments

• Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce

• Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Inc.

• Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut

• Commuter Action Group

• Connecticut Asphalt & Aggregate Association

• Connecticut Association for Community Transportation

• Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)

• Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby

• Connecticut Commuter Rail Council

• Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA)

• Connecticut Environmental & Utilities Contractors Association

• Connecticut Fund for the Environment

• Connecticut Laborers' District Council

• Connecticut Railroad Association

• Connecticut Ready Mixed Concrete Association

• Connecticut Road Builders Association

• Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers

• Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (CURE)

• Michael Critelli, Former Chair & CEO, Pitney Bowes

• Emil H. Frankel, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, 1991-1995; Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2002-2005

• Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

• International Union of Operating Engineers

• Transit for Connecticut

• MetroHartford Alliance

• Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

• Midstate Chamber of Commerce

• New England Regional Council of Carpenters

• Regional Plan Association

• Sacred Heart University

• Elliot G. Sander, Executive Director & CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2007-2009; Former Chair, Regional Plan Association

• Stamford Chamber of Commerce

• Cameron Staples, Chair, Transportation Finance Panel; State Representative, Connecticut House of Representatives, 1992-2010

• Trinity College

• Tri-State Transportation Campaign

• University of Bridgeport

• University of Hartford

• University of New Haven

• Webster Bank

• Wesleyan University

• Yale New Haven Health System

• Yale University

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