Sen. Linares Touts Measure That Aims to Protect $$ for Roads, Bridges

March 17, 2014
Sen. Art Linares (at right, in Westbrook) led the effort to prevent a gas tax hike last summer, visiting area gas stations to get signatures on his “Axe the Gas Tax” petition.  Sen. Linares is advocating for a proposal which aims to ensure that gas tax revenues do not get raided for purposes other than maintaining the state’s roads and bridges.

Sen. Art Linares (at right, in Westbrook) led the effort to prevent a gas tax hike last summer, visiting area gas stations to get signatures on his “Axe the Gas Tax” petition. Sen. Linares is advocating for a proposal which aims to ensure that gas tax revenues do not get raided for purposes other than maintaining the state’s roads and bridges.

Sen. Art Linares applauded the legislature’s Transportation Committee’s unanimous support Mar. 14 for a resolution which aims to put a constitutional “lockbox” on the state’s Special Transportation Fund.

The measure now awaits a vote by the full Connecticut General Assembly.

The proposal, co-sponsored by Sen. Linares, would allow Connecticut voters to decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment forbidding the legislature from raiding the state’s Special Transportation Fund to plug budget gaps. Revenue from state gasoline and fuel taxes is directed to the fund, which is in turn invested in state roads and bridges.

“For more than a decade, the state legislature has used gas tax revenue to help plug gaps in the state’s budget,” Sen. Linares said. “When I tell that to taxpayers in my district, they look at me in disbelief. They think all the money from the high taxes they pay at the pump goes gets directed toward fixing our roads and bridges. That’s not what happens.”

Sen. Linares said the intent is to preserve the fund for transportation and to finance debt on transportation projects.

“Last year, I was proud to help lead a statewide effort to prevent a spike in the gas tax. We collected more than 17,000 signatures from Connecticut taxpayers on our ‘Axe The Gas Tax’ petition,” Sen. Linares said. “While that effort to stop the tax hike proved unsuccessful, it sent a clear message: Connecticut residents don’t want higher gas taxes and they don’t want to see the Special Transportation Fund raided year after year.”