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Lamont, lawmakers agree to transportation vote in January

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders are planning to vote in early January on a proposal to upgrade the state's infrastructure.

The Democratic governor and the lawmakers announced Tuesday they have agreed to convene a special session of the General Assembly next month to vote on the transportation plan and a major state bonding bill. There had been expectations of a possible vote next week on the transportation proposal, which will likely include a dozen bridge tolls for just trucks.

“We are committed to investing in transportation without recklessly raiding the rainy day fund,” the Democrats said in a joint statement. That was a reference to a Republican transportation funding plan that relies partly on Connecticut's budget reserves, which the GOP contends would be a good alternative to truck tolls.

Lawmakers are still expected to return to the state Capitol next week. Both the House and Senate have been advised there will be another special session on Dec. 18. The General Assembly is expected to vote on a settlement Lamont's administration recently reached with the Connecticut Hospital Association over a state tax and legislation that would settle a dispute over how certain restaurant workers are paid.



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