Affordability of Malloy’s transportation plan questioned

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HARTFORD— Connecticut’s lingering budget problems are prompting some people to question whether the state can afford Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed 20-year, $100 billion transportation improvement plan.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have suggested scaling back the massive initiative to fix roads, bridges and rail lines. They’ve pointed to Malloy’s recent mid-year budget cuts to hospitals and human service programs.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Democratic governor said people understand how years of underinvesting in transportation have harmed the state economically. He said traffic congestion costs the state $4.2 billion annually.

Simsbury Rep. John Hampton, a Democrat, said not investing now in programs for people with developmental disabilities, for example, will ultimately cost the state more money in the long run.