The federal government late Wednesday authorized a national transportation funding bill that restores $53 million in additional highway funds to Connecticut that Gov. M. Jodi Rell feared were lost.
Rell asked Connecticut’s delegation in Washington last month to immediately approve a promised increase in transportation funding that Congress failed to approve last fall.
When Rell asked the delegation for help, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, asking them to vote on the money.
Dodd explained that the states can’t make long-term investments and plans for road and rail improvements without federal help, which has to keep coming year after year.
U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th Dist., said the state will receive the missing $53 million. “Connecticut is getting its share,” he said.
Connecticut is one of the richest states in the country. Glad to see that Chris Murphy is bringing more federal dollars into a state that has more multi-millionaire hedge fund impresarios than any other. Wouldn’t want those poor boys to have to pay for their own roads! That wouldn’t be very, uh, progressive . . .