HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Republican leaders in Connecticut are launching a petition to stop potential taxes on gasoline and, therefore, food.
Republican Senate Leader Kevin Kelly, Republican House Leader Vincent Candelora and other lawmakers and advocates announced a press conference at noon Wednesday.
They said Gov. Ned Lamont and the Democrats were advocating a $ 200 million gasoline and mileage tax hike.
Republicans argue the tax will hurt working-class and middle-class families at the gas pump and drive up the prices of basic necessities such as groceries and heating oil.
They said the proposed increase in the gasoline tax of over $ 100 million is part of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s program, a program they say is designed to raise the price. gasoline to the point where people can no longer afford to buy and operate gasoline and diesel. electric vehicles, and therefore force people to buy electric vehicles.
They also said the mileage tax will establish a new $ 90 million tax on trucks passing through Connecticut.
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Lamont’s draft budget, which he unveiled in February, did not include general taxes. However, it did charge a fee on some trucks.
State Democrats argue that there is no correlation between the prices of gasoline and groceries.
They cited statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards that found gasoline prices in New England up 9.1% year-over-year, while most commodity prices groceries in the area have plummeted over the same period. They said the price of gasoline rose 50 percent between May 2020 and May 2021. Grocery store prices have not increased.
“[There’s] zero connection. Nothing. It doesn’t exist, “said Lawrence Cook, press secretary for the Connecticut Senate Democrats.” But Republicans are counting on the press not to check their fear tactics. “
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