Markley, Republicans Fighting Against Proposed Gas Tax Increase [Cheshire Patch]

June 27, 2013

State Sen. Joe Markley, R-Cheshire, and other Republicans are asking the state to reconsider adding 4 cents to the gasoline tax.

State Sen. Joe Markley, R-Cheshire, and several other state Republicans are leading a petition-signing campaign to push against a proposed 4-cent increase in the state’s gas tax – the largest increase in Connecticut history.

The gasoline tax increase would add about 4 cents to the 47-cent-per-gallon tax people already pay on gasoline bought in Connecticut, according to the New Haven Register. Markley, along with several other Republicans, said tax increases like this are the reason Connecticut’s economy isn’t growing.

“I came to the legislature to fight tax increases, and I will not back down,” Markley said in a press release. “I helped lead the fight against the state income tax in 1991, and I’m glad and proud that I did. In the twenty years since that loathsome tax passed, Connecticut has been dead last in economic growth, while the real cost of state government has more than doubled.”

To sign the petition, click here.