Lawmakers try to stop gas tax hike

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- The cost of living here in Connecticut is going to notch up for everyone one week from Monday. It's going to hit you at the gas pump because of a long scheduled hike in one of the taxes on gas.

Stanley Petteway, of Waterbury, is using his motor scooter when he can these days because of the high cost of gas.
      
While the price has gone up and down in recent weeks, it's a lot higher than it was a few years ago and word that one of the taxes on gas, the 'Gross Receipts Tax' will be going up next Monday between three and four cents per gallon, is not making it any easier.
      
Republican lawmakers held events all around the state Monday to urge people to sign their online petition to stop the gas tax hike.

When asked if he'd sign that petition, Petteway said,"oh yeah, sure, definitely."
       
Truckers will also be hit with a 3 and a half cent increase in the tax on diesel fuel, which will affect almost everything you buy.

"The diesel tax is going to go up to 54.9 cents on July 1st which makes it far and away the highest diesel fuel tax in the country," said Mike Riley, Motor Transport Association of CT.
       
And the taxes on gasoline here are among the highest as well 48 cents in Connecticut, 44 cents in New York, but just 24 cents in Massachusetts and 33 cents in Rhode Island.

"There's a time and place for increases in Gross Receipts Tax, this is not the time and Connecticut is not the place," said Rep. Larry Cafero, (R) Minority Leader.      
       
This tax hike was signed into law by Republican Governor Jodi Rell with strong support from Republicans in the Assembly back in 2005.

"Historic transportation infrastructure upgrades including the new rail cars, that was the bargain in 2005," said Sen. John McKinney, (R) Minority Leader.
      
That makes sense to some motorists.

"We have to collect taxes to pay bills," said John Melly, West Hartford.

But Republicans say Governor Malloy is using the money to balance the books and not using proceeds from the Gross Receipts tax for transportation needs and that's not fair.

The Malloy administration and the Democrats that control the Assembly say the money is needed to balance the books and in a grand example of government-speak, they get to say they passed a budget with no tax increases because this one was approved by a previous Governor.

For more information, go to www.AxeTheGasTaxCT.com.

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