Today: Officials to host ‘Axe the Gas Tax’ petition drive in Shelton [Shelton Herald]

June 24, 2013

Article as it appeared in the Shelton Herald on June 24, 2013

With a gas tax hike set to hit Connecticut on July 1, Sen. Kevin Kelly and state Rep. Dave Rutigliano will be at the Citgo Food Bag gas station at 442 River St. in Shelton on Monday, June 24, to talk with motorists about an effort to prevent the upcoming pain at the pump.

They will be there from 4 to 6 p.m. to get the word out about the tax hike and adding taxpayers’ signatures to an “Axe the Gas Tax” petition.

“Speaking with many of you, I have heard time after time that people are fed up with tax increases,” said Kelly, a second-term Republican whose district includes all of Shelton.

Gas could go up 4 cents per gallon

“Next week, the gas tax is scheduled to increase once again, and middle-class families will see their driving costs go up,” Kelly said. “If you’re as concerned as me, I encourage you to sign my petition to help send a message to Gov. Malloy that we’ve had enough.”

The petition can be signed online at

State Rep. Dave Rutigliano is a Republican from Trumbull. Malloy is a Democrat.

Connecticut’s current taxes on a gallon of gas total about 47 cents. The July 1 tax hike will tack on about 4 more cents per gallon, according to Kelly.