VOTE YES on Q#1 - Nov. 6th
for the Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment
Investing in Transportation = Investing in CT’s Future
WHY A CONSTITUTIONAL LOCKBOX?
The Connecticut Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment will prohibit lawmakers from using the special transportation fund (STF) for anything other than transportation purposes.
It is funded by:
- the motor fuels tax
- motor carrier road tax
- petroleum products gross earnings tax
- certain motor vehicle receipts and fees
- motor vehicle-related fines
- a portion of the state sales tax.
Starting in 2005, over $250 million has been transferred out of the Special Transportation Fund back to the General Fund including raids during the budget crunches of the Great Recession.
A constitutional lockbox is a necessary step toward requiring elected officials to think long-term and restore needed investments for transportation in Connecticut.
Every dollar invested in transportation infrastructure returns $3.54 in economic impact
WHY THIS MATTERS?
More than 300 bridges have been graded structurally deficient.
Car and truck exhaust contributes to high rates of asthma in CT’s cities, and transportation is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of CT’s economy.
Since 2005, CT’s legislators have diverted more than $250 million away from the Special Transportation Fund to balance the state’s budget, including $50 million in 2016 alone.
Repairing our roads & bridges and expanding our bus & rail service will:
Create good jobs for thriving local economies
Reduce traffic congestion and air pollution for healthier communities
Lower greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier climate
Build a modern transportation system to attract and retain businesses.
Tax dollars raised for transportation
must be spent on transportation!
In 2017, Connecticut lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment by large majorities in both the House (101-50) and Senate (29-7)
Now it’s up to the voters to decide.
Visit the BallotPedia page to learn more about the Lockbox Campaign
Read about the CT League of Women Voters Position on both of the Nov. 6th, 2018 Ballot Questions
"Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub" (The Day, Mar 2018)
The Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island has made offshore wind a reality in the Northeast. Other states in the region – from Massachusetts to Maryland – are now moving quickly to grab a share of the wind energy from permitted areas in federal waters along the eastern seaboard.
While Connecticut has lagged its neighboring states in making offshore wind an integral part of its long-term energy and economic development strategies, the CT DEEP issued a request for proposals in January 2018 for up to 240 MW of offshore wind.
The Roundtable's September 2017 forum on offshore wind was co-sponsored by the Acadia Center, the CT Port Authority and the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Construction Trades Council, and it was hosted by IBEW Local 90. We gathered 130+ endorsements on our statement urging that offshore wind be integrated into the state's climate and energy strategies.
In November, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced plans to procure offshore wind energy in 2018!
As it takes this first step, CT can learn from other states that have taken the lead in pursuit of local jobs and supply-chain investment from offshore wind development. CT needs to develop a robust offshore wind strategy that leverages our modern port facilities and skilled labor pool in securing local investments from this rapidly expanding regional industry.
We will continue to work with the building trades unions and other allies to ensure that offshore wind development brings jobs and economic opportunities to CT's workers and communities.
- Overview - Offshore Wind: CT Jobs and Clean Energy
- News Article: "Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power" (New Haven Register, Sep 2017)
- Roundtable's Comment on draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy
- Roundtable's Letter to DEEP Commissioner Klee urging policies that will maximize in-state economic impacts
- Comment on draft RFP, endorsed by 30+ groups
- Final RFP issued January 2018
- News Article: "Offshore wind backers push New London area as potential hub" (The Day, Mar 2018)