Connecticut's Gas Tax Jumps to Nearly 50 Cents on July 1

The tax is jumping almost 2 percentage points as of today, July 1, up to 8.81 percent.

By Eileen McNamara

As of today Connecticut will have nearly the highest gasoline taxes in the country.

A new 3.6 cent wholesale gasoline tax increase, which retailers pass directly on to consumers at the pump, will bring the state's combined retail and wholesale gasoline taxes up 49.6 cents per gallon. 

At more than 50 cents a gallon, only California and New York have a higher gas tax in the continental U.S., according to a report on the Connecticut Mirror website. 

The hike comes just as Connecticut enters one of its busiest travel season — the July 4 holiday weekend — when vacationing Nutmeggers will take to both the highways and waterways in cars and boats. 

While Connecticut puts a premium on taxing gasoline, the revenue raised from those taxes is largely bypassing state road improvements, the Mirror reports. 

With the new gas taxes this week Connecticut will raise an extra $60 million at the pumps this year. But little of that money will go toward improving the state's highway infrastructure, the website reports. Instead, the state will continue to siphon the revenues for other spending. 

“Connecticut has been systematically underinvesting in its transportation infrastructure, and this has been going on for years and years and years,” University of Connecticut economist Fred V. Carstensen told the Mirror. 

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Bruce Strober July 01, 2013 at 11:18 AM
This state is in a Death Spiral. Do the socialists who run the show even care?
George Alvarez July 01, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Isn't it about time you left the communist state of Connecticut?
George Alvarez July 01, 2013 at 11:34 AM
How does it feel to know that your taxes are most likely paying for an Illegal aliens EBT card.
Bob Fawkes July 02, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Financially strapped states CT, NY and CA are gouging drivers. Nothing new and as expected. Top that off with the unsettled situation in Egypt (Suez Canal) and we are looking at $4-$5 a gallon before too long. Just a matter of time before those long haul truckers realize moving that refrigerated lettuce from CA to CT is a losing proposition. Bare shelves coming to a Stop & Shop or Shop Rite near you....


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