HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Governor Malloy says that scheduled hike in one of the taxes on gasoline will go ahead next Monday. The Governor is rejecting an effort to stop the tax hike being waged by Republican lawmakers around the state.
Governor Malloy Tuesday, firmly slammed the door closed on any consideration of stopping an increase in one of the taxes on gasoline scheduled to go up about 4 cents per gallon on July 1st.
Republican lawmakers yesterday called on Malloy to help them stop the increase and signatures to their online petition drive nearly doubled overnight to over 11,000.
The Governor gave an example indicating that he believes most people will barely notice the change.
"For a family that is driving 12,000 miles and getting 25 miles to the gallon, the total yearly cost is $18 somewhere between 18-25 and 18-75," said Malloy.
And the Governor further asserts that even with the increase in price, most Connecticut commuters are still paying less than surrounding states because Connecticut has no toll roads.
"We're undertaking a long hard look at what we need to do and how it and how we can pay for it," said Malloy.
Malloy says that with cars getting better and better mileage, fewer and fewer gallons of gas are being sold so that the gas tax funding mechanism is rapidly out living its ability to fund transportation improvements. And so, he's launching a new study of all transportation needs because the state will continue to need a way to pay for big projects.
"I think 95 has to be widened to three lanes throughout the period where throughout where it narrows to two to the Rhode Island border," said Malloy.
And that includes paying for train and bus projects, one of the reasons both Republicans and Democrats voted to raise this tax back in 2005.
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