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Call To Protect Transportation Fund

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – State lawmakers are considering asking Connecticut voters to approve a constitutional amendment forbidding the legislature from raiding the state’s Special Transportation Fund.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1lusrT8 ) that the intent is to preserve the fund for transportation, which is under pressure with troubles on Metro-North and the state’s congested highways.

For more than 10 years, the legislature has used the fuel tax and other revenue to help plug gaps in the state’s budget.

The fund is used to finance debt on transportation projects.

State Rep. Tony Guerrera, who is House chairman of the Transportation Committee, said lawmakers are considering establishing a constitutional “lockbox.”

A spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says changing the constitution is unnecessary because the governor backs a halt to transfers from the fund.

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