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Criticism for Connecticut's $21 Billion Transportation Spending Plan
Aaron Short's assessment of the state of Connecticut's new transportation spending plan is less than favorable:
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s new transportation plan plows twice as much money into highways as it does transit, potentially keeping the economically sluggish state stuck in doldrums for another decade.
Short's opinion on the subject stands in slight contrast to an opinion offered earlier this month by Melissa Kaplan-Macey, vice president of state programs and Connecticut director at the Regional Plan Association, who called the plan a step in the right direction while also calling for more investments in public transit. Short only lists deficiencies, however, without any praise for incrementalism.
Another criticism, among many others by Short, focuses on the plan's funding for new projects, and dearth of funding for the maintenance of existing roads and highways.