HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – With prices rising at the pump, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont unveiled a proposal Monday to suspend one of Connecticut’s two taxes on gasoline by 25-cents-per-gallon until June 30, urging the General Assembly to enact the measure as soon as possible.
“I think I can tell you there was a strong consensus that now is the time to provide immediate relief to the people of Connecticut,” Lamont said.
He also said the state is expected to have a sales tax holiday in April and not wait until August when it normally takes place. He hopes lawmakers will also consider another proposal to provide free bus service during the month of April.
The governor said the gas tax holiday would cost $90 million.
The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to affect crude oil and gas prices across the U.S., prompting various governors and state legislators to call for suspending taxes on gasoline to provide motorists relief.
In Connecticut, the average price for regular unleaded gas reached $4.48 per gallon on Friday, exceeding a record of $4.39 set in 2008, according to AAA.
Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) released a statement following Monday’s meeting with Lamont and Republican leaders of the General Assembly, saying their conversation was “very productive,” and they are hopeful to pass legislation to protect consumers within the next two weeks.
Both the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to hold sessions on Wednesday. However, it’s unclear whether that will be enough time for both chambers to be ready to vote on the gas tax suspension or the other provisions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.