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Conn. Considers Raising Gas Tax Amid Rising Prices

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut lawmakers are making a last-ditch effort to scrap a proposed three-cent-per-gallon increase in the gasoline tax.

Senate President Donald Williams says legislators could learn Monday whether there’s enough extra revenue being generated by the state’s second tax on gas, a wholesale tax that fluctuates with the price. Some of that money could replace the three cent increase Gov. Dannel. P. Malloy proposed to help pay for road and bridge projects.

For years, the state has spent much of the revenue that second tax generated on general government expenses, not transportation.

Many motorists are upset at the prospect of paying three cents more per gallon, especially as the average price in the state is about $4.20. Others say they probably wouldn’t notice it, given the fluctuation in prices.

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