HARTFORD \u2014 After a year of prodding the Democratic majority in the General Assembly, Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday abruptly slammed the brakes on his plan for trucks-only highway tolls, admitting defeat and lambasting the legislature for its reticence. But even as he hastily called a news conference in his Capitol office, Democratic leaders insisted that they could muster the support for a dozen tolls next week. Lamont said he was tired of their procrastination, and vowed that his plan to fix highways and railroad lines will go forward, with state taxpayers shouldering the full freight rather than gathering revenue from interstate trucks. Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, blamed the Senate Democratic caucus for the latest failure of the plan, and Senate leaders pointed fingers at threatened filibusters from House and Senate Republicans. \u201cI have a legislature that doesn\u2019t want to make a choice at this time,\u201d a terse, visibly frustrated Lamont told reporters after 4 p.m. \u201cI\u2019ve lost patience. I think it\u2019s time to take a pause. If these guys aren\u2019t willing to step up and vote, I\u2019m going to solve this problem. Right now we\u2019re going to go back to the way we\u2019ve done it for years in this state. We both agree, we need $19 to $20 billion. I\u2019m going to do that out of pocket. I hate to do it this way.\u201d Lamont said that the estimated $200 million in annual truck-toll revenue would be subtracted out of the long-term capital bonding legislation. \u201cIs it the best way to fund it? No,\u201d Lamont said. \u201cBut it\u2019s a plausible way to get it going.\u201d At around the time that Lamont was venting to reporters in the Capitol, Democratic leaders said they still hold out hope for a vote on tolls next week. So it\u2019s not entirely clear whether tolls are dead for the year, depending on what Lamont\u2019s bonding alternative turns out to be. Two of the biggest opponents of tolls, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, told reporters that parking the toll legislation is politically expedient, especially at this point in the first month of the short, 13-week budget-adjustment session of the General Assembly. \u201cNothing is dead in this building,\u201d Fasano said, adding he\u2019d be surprised if this issue was revived this session. \u201cIn 2021? I think you can bank on it.\u201d \u201cI think and I\u2019m hoping that the House Democrats understand what the Senate Democrats seem to have understood for a while and that\u2019s that this is not a good vote and it\u2019s a very risky vote for them because the people of Connecticut don\u2019t like it and they do not want their hands stuck in their pocket one more time,\u201d Klarides said. Lamont proposed a 10-year, $19-billion transportation infrastructure program, but in an election year amid a vociferous anti-toll movement, support has been soft among Democrats who have a 90-61 majority in the House and a 22-14 edge in the Senate. Optimistically, Senate Democrats have planned for an 18-18 tie on the issue, with Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz expected to cast the winning vote for tolls. Aresimowicz admitted that the governor\u2019s toll plan has been in a slow-motion car wreck for a month. \u201cOver the past four weeks of trying to coordinate the scenario and date to pass a truck-only tolls transportation plan, it has become very clear that the political will to act was not there,\u201d Aresimowicz said in a statement. \u201cWe were poised to act in the House tomorrow, but we need our colleagues in the Senate as well and apparently their ability to also act was tenuous.\u201d \u201cIn light of a potential unprecedented two-day, 30-hour-long debate, the Senate Democrats asked for five more days for our Senators to prepare and make necessary family arrangements,\u201d said Senate President Martin Looney and Majority Leader Bob Duff in a statement released while Lamont had reporters in his office. \u201cWe are still confident that Senate Democrats have the votes to pass a comprehensive transportation plan which includes 12 toll gantries on 18-wheeler trucks only,\u201d Looney, D-New Haven and Duff, D-Norwalk. \u201cWe are prepared to hold a session next week to vote on a bill to make the necessary transportation investments for Connecticut\u2019s economic development, residents, and businesses.\u201d Patrick Sasser of Stamford, a firefighter who is the informal leader of the No Tolls CT movement, was optimistic at the apparent death of the proposal. \u201cI\u2019m happy the governor will be moving away from tolls,\u201d Sasser said. \u201cI am hopeful that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle can come together to find a solution that works for the people of Connecticut.\u201d Asked by reporters about his opinion of the opposition to tolls, Lamont snapped: \u201cIt\u2019s a grassroots movement to do nothing.\u201d Told about Lamont\u2019s comment, Sasser, took a different view. \u201cThe voice of the people has been heard,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s been clear from day one that the people of Connecticut were not in favor of tolls coming into the state, and part of that is that they just don\u2019t trust another source of revenue,\u201d Sasser said. \u201cWe\u2019ve seen this before, where these other things were supposed to save Connecticut and we\u2019ve been spiraling out of control. What people really want to see in Connecticut is reform\u2026and that\u2019s what this movement has been about.\u201d Dan Haar contributed to this report.