Of course, if the roads and bridges fall apart because no one can find the money to keep them in repair, no one will be going much of anywhere.
Paulson says there is a good political argument to be made for bringing back the tolls, and that they have worked well in some other states.
The problem for Malloy and other Connecticut politicians is that taxes have already been raised big-time in recent years, the economy here still sucks, and tolls would be labeled by critics as simply another form of tax increases.
If taxes do go up again, adds Paulson, Malloy (who insists he doesn't want more tax hikes) is likely to get the blame no matter what.
"There's no safe path to looking good," say Paulson.
Especially if that path involves paying tolls.