HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – It’s been years since there were tolls in Connecticut, but today there is a public hearing about bringing them back.

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Some lawmakers are eyeing tolls as a way to pay for construction of a superhighway in eastern Connecticut, Route 11, but State Senator Michael McLachlan of Danbury, a member of the transportation committee, says this is a bad idea that should not even be under discussion.

“The problem I have is that if we open the door to tolls on one road in Connecticut, I think that ultimately means we’re going to see tolls across the state of Connecticut,” the Republican said. “We really need to stop this now. Tolls is not an appropriate thing for the state of Connecticut. Recently, the state of Rhode Island rejected on their borders and we should certainly do the same in Connecticut.”

Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, is not overly enthusiastic about tolls.

A spokesman says Malloy is not in favor of them short term, but he says the governor is not willing to take the issue off the table.

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