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Group presents over 100,000 signatures on petition to prevent more toll roads

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Members of the group No Tolls CT stand outside the Connecticut state capital building after presenting a petition against more toll roads. (Courtesy: WFSB television)

HARTFORD, Conn. — An anti-toll organization No Tolls CT has delivered a petition with over 100,000 signatures to Gov. Ned Lamont in an effort to prevent lawmakers from passing legislation that would create additional toll roads in Connecticut.

A vote on the plan is believed to be imminent.

Lawmakers are under pressure to fix the state’s transportation infrastructure, and Democrats are adamant that tolls are the answer.

However, the anti-toll movement is firing back, with a petition that argues taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay to drive to work, according to a report on television station WFSB..

After the petition was delivered, an anti-toll rally was held on the steps of the State Capitol.

“I don’t think any other petition has gotten that many signatures. Our goal now is to make sure governor and lawmakers in this building understand taxpayers have had enough,” said Patrick Sasser, founder of No Tolls CT.

Numbers released last month showed that drives between the state’s largest cities could cost drivers between $1.28 and $1.80 per trip.

WFSB reported that Lamont has been saying he will release an updated toll plan, but it will still include 50 gantries on all major highways like I-91.

According to the No Tolls CT website, the petition is short and to the point:

“We, the undersigned, demand that Governor Ned Lamont veto and the Connecticut General Assembly vote NO on any, and ALL, proposed legislation to implement TOLLS in the State of Connecticut.

The proposed tolls will:

  • Hurt our state economy and tourism.
  • Raise the cost of living.
  • Affect the majority of Connecticut residents, especially the middle- and low-income working classes.”

The website also makes the following claims about what toll gantries will do:

  • Increase the cost of every item transported into Connecticut.
  • Increase the cost of doing business in the state of Connecticut.
  • Increase traffic on secondary roads, which will translate into increased wear and tear and lead to higher property taxes and increased pollution.
  • Increase the size of government by creating a toll authority.

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  1. David Hand

    May 17, 2019 at 3:38 am

    MORE democrats stealing from taxpayers !! How about lawmakers stop giving themselves pay raises ? How about not letting state troopers idle their vehicles all the time or use those vehicles for personal business ? How about having orange trucks not idling constantly or the “workers” in those trucks actually working ? Is it necessary for a person to sit in a crash prevention truck for 8 hours ? Maybe grab a shovel LIKE IN EVERY OTHER STATE !!! TOLLS ARE JUST ANOTHER MONEY GRAB LIKE THE “TEMPORARY” STATE INCOME TAX !!!!! I suggest to everyone to get out of Connecticut if you have nothing keeping you in the state…and to ALL WHO VOTED FOR daniel malfoy junior…HAHAHAHA I HOPE YOU ALL FEEL MAJOR FINANCIAL IMPACT IF YOUR BOY needle lameont managed to get this passed !!!!!!!!

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota

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This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.

 

 

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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses

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Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.

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