Opponents gear up for battle over tolls ahead of vote

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Opponents of tolls on Connecticut highways are making their opinions known before lawmakers cast their first vote on the issue.

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The politically conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy set up a large inflatable "Toll Troll" on Tuesday on the front lawn of the state Capitol, surrounded by dozens of signs marking proposed tolling gantries.

Organization President Carol Platt Liebau says lawmakers are "very determined" to pass a tolling bill this year. But she says her organization has heard an outcry from angry taxpayers, both Republicans and Democrats.

Neil Tolhurst, of New Hartford, stood outside the Capitol holding a sign that read "Democrats against tolls." He says "no state has 53 or 83 tolls," referring to the various recommendations.

The Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on several tolling bills Wednesday.

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This story corrects the spelling of Tolhurst.

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