Conn. Considers Raising Gas Tax Amid Rising Prices

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

What do you think about Connecticut possibly raising the gas tax? Tell us your thoughts in our comments section.

  • Dout Onesko

    The thinking is to raise the tax since the price is so high and changes all the time, good government logic. The money already collected has gone to stuff other than roads, once again your governemt at work. These folks are so smart.

  • Rod in

    They should raise the tax by $10 just like in Europe. There’s absolutely no need to burn through gas like most folks do today.

  • bigmamamuley

    They would have to be insane, and very callous to even think about raising the tax on gas, when the prices are already ridiculously too high. I also believe that every politician, regardless of party affiliation, that doesn’t vote to terminate the tax subsidies for oil companies, are on the take, and should be thrown out of office, and tried for racketeering.

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