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Newtown's State Rep. Bolinsky Slams Transportation Lockbox Proposal

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky
State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky Photo Credit: Contributed

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) criticized a transportation lockbox proposal at Tuesday's special session of the Legislature.

As previously reported , the proposal called for a constitutional amendment to protect transportation funding. It passed in the state Senate but was defeated in the state House of Representatives. Now the proposed amendment will not appear in next year's statewide ballot and will instead reach voters in 2018 if it passes in the General Assembly.

According to Bolinsky, the lockbox did not safeguard state transportation infrastructure construction funds from being raided into general budged accounts. He condemned Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal for being shot full of holes and compared its apparently porous state to that of a colander.

"Using these funds to plug holes in a budget that's in a long-term state of deficit because of their own bad budget policy, this is like allowing these guys to drive down our state roads with license to stop at every home and business, robbing Peter to pay Paul," said Bolinsky. "What kind of lockbox comes with no bottom and enough holes in it that it can be repurposed to plug non-transportation holes? When will the shell-games end? “I voted 'Nay' to this lie."

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