Legislators to hold petition drive against gas tax hike

June 21, 2013

Bristol’s state senator and state representative issued the following press release:

Help Prevent a Connecticut Gas Tax Hike

 

Who? Senator Jason Welch and Representative Whit Betts

 

What? Hold a petition drive to fight the July gas tax hike

 

When? Monday, June 24 at 4:00 pm

 

Where? Food Bag Citgo

          54 Farmington Ave (Rte 6)

          Bristol, CT

 

“This year Republicans tried to eliminate this outrageous 16% gas tax increase. Our alternative proposal to raising the gas tax was to reduce spending by our state government. This idea was rejected by Gov. Malloy and the Democrat controlled legislature. Why did they oppose this suggestion? Ask them,” Rep. Betts. “This gas tax increase, on top of imposing the largest tax increases on people and businesses in 2011, reinforces Connecticut’s reputation as one of the most expensive places in the country to live and work.”

 

“We can fight this tax hike and send a message to the administration that enough is enough.  Shared sacrifice should not have to come at the expense of families who already pay a hefty price to live in Connecticut,” said Sen. Welch.

 

Background:

 

  • One of the largest gas tax hikes in state history is scheduled to hit Connecticut on July 1.

 

  • The July 1 gas tax hike would raise prices at the pump in Connecticut by about 4 cents per gallon.

 

  • The gas tax in Connecticut is already about 22 cents higher than in neighboring states like Massachusetts and is one of the highest in the nation.

 

  • The tax set to increase is a hidden state tax on gasoline that you pay above and beyond the state (25¢) and federal (18.4¢) per-gallon taxes. This tax is a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and is scheduled to increase 16% on July 1st.

 

  • Gas tax revenues will not be used to fix roads and bridges as was originally intended. Instead, the majority party voted to use the money for the general fund.

 

 

The online petition can be found at www.AxeTheGasTaxCT.com