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January 2020

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January 2020 | Overdrive | 17 CALL US TODAY! ( 877 ) 557-8782 OUR NATIONAL INVENTORY ONLINE www.LKQHEAVYTRUCK.com SEARCH WE HAVE PARTS FOR THE LONG HAUL RECYCLED, RECONDITIONED, REBUILT, AND AFTERMARKET Untitled-2 1 12/6/16 9:02 AM A Dec. 6 proposal from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont out- lines his plan to fund the state's transportation budget with tolls aimed solely at trucks. His announcement came on the heels of a court ruling that allows the lawsuit over Rhode Island's trucks-only tolls to proceed in federal court. In a letter to state legislative leaders of both parties, Lamont, a Democrat, calls for trucks-only tolls on 12 bridges along major Connecticut thoroughfares. Rates would vary by location and whether drivers have an E-ZPass or have their plates registered in the state, but truckers could be charged between $6.40 and $19.20 at each of the 12 toll locations. Lamont, who was elected in 2018, campaigned on bring- ing trucks-only tolls to Connecticut to help fund trans- portation projects but backed off the plan due to truck tolls not generating enough revenue to upgrade the state's infrastructure, as well as ongoing legal challenges to Rhode Island's tolls. Lamont said he is "confident that the legal arguments for truck tolls will prevail." Opponents of truck tolling scored a small court victory in December when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the American Trucking Associations' lawsuit over Rhode Island's trucks-only tolls could be heard in a federal court. A district court ruled in March that Rhode Island's tolls were consid- ered taxes under the Tax Injunction Act, which states that federal courts do not have jurisdiction over state taxes. ATA's lawsuit argues that the tolls discriminate against interstate trucking companies and are unconstitutional because they "impede the flow of interstate commerce." — Matt Cole Connecticut eyes trucks-only tolls Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont laid out his plan for trucks-only tolls at 12 bridges in the state.

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