Joe Markley

At Bristol Legislative Forum, Debate Centers On Tolls

Even though the closest interstate is more than 2 miles away, Bristol residents can’t afford to think that proposals for Connecticut highway tolls would cost them nothing, Republican legislators said at a forum Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers countered that tolls would have far more impact on communities in Fairfield County or along the I-91 corridor.

“Let’s not let ourselves be scared or turned away — no one wants tolls that are burdensome or ridiculously high,” Democratic Rep. Mike Demicco of Farmington said at the annual legislative breakfast of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.

“The elephant in the room is tolls,” said Republican Rep. William Petit of...