Connecticut Senator Pushing for Gas Tax Cap [POLL]

State Sen. Len Suzio says, "It's time to put a limit on this nonsense." What do you think?

If one Connecticut senator has his way, you could be paying less tax at the gas pump soon.

State Sen. Len Suzio has reinvigorated his campaign to implement a cap on the gross receipts tax for gasoline, most recently during a visit to the Middletown Gulf gas station on South Main Street on Monday.

The gross receipts tax on the wholesale price of gas is 7.53 percent, and that's on top of the 25 cent state tax on gas and 18 cents levied by Washington, according to CT News Junkie.

The problem with the gross receipts tax, Suzio says, is that the higher the price of gasoline the more state residents are paying in taxes. In fact, CT News Junkie reports, Suzio asserts that the state will be taking in 41 percent more than expected in the first six months of this year, due to that tax.

"You are paying 53 cents per gallon in state taxes on every gallon of gasoline you pump," the Republican senator writes on his website. "It’s time to put a limit on this nonsense!"

Here's his plan: "I will introduce a cap on the second hidden gas tax so that when gas prices rise above a gallon, this tax will not continue to increase. This should save as much as 10 cents per gallon immediately and could save even more if gas prices continue to increase."

Suzio, who represents the 13th District, is circulating a petition to have the issue debated on the House floor in the current legislative session, and is encouraging residents to sign that petition on his website.

We want to know what you think: do you support a cap on the gas tax?

Jon February 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
As much as I hate paying a fortune at the pump, I think it's important to think of the gas tax in the bigger picture of the wide "portfolio" of ways (taxes) the state raises funds to pay for everything it does -- to acknowledge the inevitability (or "guarantee in life" as the saying goes) of taxes, and to find the least harmful way of doing it. - what does this particular tax incentivize? - what does it punish? - are the funds appropriated to pay for the taxed activity? - is the money collected in a fair, unobtrusive way? (think gas tax vs toll booths) Whatever conclusion you come to, please think about these, and other important questions when petitioning or protesting the tax system
Denise J Salafia February 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
So glad I voted for someone who is looking out for the people!!! I think your idea for the tax cap is great!!
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Cassandra Day February 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Sorry, Colleen. It is there now.
wyatt February 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The point is Jon, that about half of what the state government does is wasteful or not needed. Many programs have been implimented over the years by both parties in an effort to buy votes from various constituant voting blocks. The state should adopt zero based budgeting instead of automatically giving increases to existing programs. Until then, the state will continue to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy or continue to tax people and business at an ever increasing rate. If the later happens, our state will become an even less a attractive place for business and for people to live and retire in.


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