For the second straight year, a proposal to establish electronic tolls at state border roads such as Interstate 95 in Greenwich to generate much-needed transportation funding is among the legislative proposals state lawmakers are considering this month.
The bill, proposed by state Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill, a transportation committee co-chair, would install the electronic tolls at borders to collect tolls from out-of-state traffic which currently travels state roads for free.
Residents living near the tolls could be provided a tax credit to offset the fees, Guerrera said.
Guerrera said the state has few options to pay for transportation projects besides instituting road user fees to replace a drop in state gas tax revenues due to less driving and better fuel economy of hybrid and electric vehicles.
"We need to have this conversation because we cannot rely on this gas tax anymore to fix our roads," Guerrera said. "In the next five years you'll probably be looking at cars that get 40 or 50 miles a gallon, and our infrastructure is going to fall apart. It's a huge, huge problem and it needs to be addressed and fixed before something tragic happens."
Needless to say, State Rep. Godfrey is not in support of this proposal that places an unfair burden on border communities.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.