CT GOP lawmakers call for suspension of state, federal gas tax

State Sen. Kevin Kelly joined fellow Connecticut Senate and House Republicans outside the Capitol Thursday, March 10, 2022, in calling on state lawmakers to temporarily suspend the state gross receipts tax on gasoline as gas prices continue to surge.

State Sen. Kevin Kelly joined fellow Connecticut Senate and House Republicans outside the Capitol Thursday, March 10, 2022, in calling on state lawmakers to temporarily suspend the state gross receipts tax on gasoline as gas prices continue to surge.

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HARTFORD - Connecticut Senate and House Republicans are calling on state lawmakers to temporarily suspend the state gross receipts tax on gasoline as gas prices continue to surge.

Connecticut Republican lawmakers gathered in Hartford for a press conference announcing their call to suspend the state's gross receipts tax on gasoline, which has risen to 26.4 cents per gallon in recent weeks.

The GOP lawmakers are also demanding that Connecticut's federal delegation follow through on calls to halt the federal 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax. Together, Republican lawmakers state these proposals will immediately save Connecticut residents 44.8 cents on every gallon of gasoline.

"Every day it is getting harder and harder for families in Connecticut to balance their budgets … families need relief at the pump today,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, who represents Shelton.

“Gas prices have been rising steadily for months thanks to the President's policies,” Kelly added. “The impact of the war is only worsening a problem that has been long in the making."

Republican leaders are calling on state lawmakers to adopt this proposal immediately during the legislative session scheduled for March 16. The lawmakers will also seek to adopt language to require that suppliers and retailers pass on the reduction in taxes to consumers.

The state tax proposal is budget neutral. The state can afford the reduction with its windfall in increased sales tax and gas tax revenue the state is collecting as a result of inflation.

“Connecticut has a surplus in revenue collected from taxpayers as a result of inflation,” Kelly said. “That windfall must be returned to Connecticut taxpayers to provide relief.

“The inflation-related surplus alone covers the cost of this tax relief today for the remainder of the fiscal year,” Kelly added. “This is a no-brainer that will provide immediate relief when families need it most.”

State Reps. Kathy Kennedy and Charles Ferraro, Republicans who represent Milford and Orange, joined their GOP colleagues in calling for suspension of the gasoline tax.

"People are seriously hurting financially as they fill their tank every week,” Kennedy said. “We are proposing immediate relief at the pump and calling on our federal representatives to do the same.”

“Inflationary pressure in addition to the political situation surrounding the war in the Ukraine have necessitated that some relief be provided to the residents of Connecticut who are experiencing the highest cost per gallon of gas at the pumps in our history,” Ferraro said. “A 44-cent savings, roughly 12 percent would provide much needed relief to many residents who are finding it difficult to make ends meet.”