"BLOG: Connecticut's Transportation Future at a Crossroads"
America’s 241st birthday marks what is slated to be the busiest traffic day in our nation’s history, according to AAA. It’s important to note that state lawmakers approved a ballot question (HJ100) for the 2018 ballot initiative that would amend the state’s constitution to protect funds for safer roads, rails, and bridges.
Connecticut currently ranks near the worst in the country when it comes to transportation and infrastructure, according to both CNBC and U.S. News & World Report. That is largely because Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) – dedicated to investments in safer roads, rails, and bridges – has been underfunded for several years due to the diversion of its funds to cover General Fund budget deficits. Nonpartisan analysts project that the STF will run a $46 million deficit by the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to the CT Mirror.
That’s why the 2018 ballot initiative – Connecticut’s Safe Roads Amendment – is so important. We need to improve our state’s transportation and infrastructure to better position our state to compete for tomorrow’s jobs and retain tomorrow’s workforce. Two surveys – one from the Rockefeller Foundation and another from the American Planning Association – show that Millennials are interested in living in communities with good transportation options.
Bottom line: In Connecticut, we need to improve our transportation and infrastructure to compete for tomorrow’s jobs. That’s apparent as ever as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.