The TCI-P gas tax is a money grab that could lead to gas shortages

May 25, 2021

As Industry Warns TCI-P Gas Tax Could Lead to Gas Shortages, Democrat Comments Prove it’s a Money Grab


Sen. Kelly: “They say it’s not a tax, but if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. This is a tax.”



HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to industry warnings that the TCI-P gas tax increase would lead to gas shortages in Connecticut and comments from the Speaker of the House today stating that the TCI-P gas tax increase will not run as an individual bill, but rather as part of the Democrats’ budget:


“At a time when gas prices are rising and shortages have threatened our nation, Connecticut Democrats are actually proposing more gas taxes that experts say would lead to shortages here too. It’s insanity. The Democrats’ TCI-P gas tax will increase the price of gas, groceries and home heating oil and add new regressive burdens onto Connecticut residents at the absolute worst possible time. The facts show it won’t improve our aging transportation infrastructure or air quality. It’s not about good environmental policy, that’s why the Sierra Club withdrew its support for the program.


“Today, the Speaker all but admitted it is a money grab, plain and simple. It’s not about good environmental policy. It’s about tax revenue. That’s why it’s being discussed as part of the budget, not a standalone policy. They say it’s not a tax, but if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. This is a tax. It is another way for government to put their hands in your wallet. It’s nothing but a money grab, being sold as a way to pay for Teslas when real people are struggling to pay for groceries. There’s still time to stop this tax. Visit to sign the petition.”