Sen. Kissel: Gas Tax Relief Legislation Will Help People in North-Central CT Keep More Money in Their Wallets

March 23, 2022

Sen. John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today issued the following statement after voting in favor of emergency bipartisan legislation (House Bill 5501) suspending Connecticut’s excise tax on gasoline from April 1, 2022, to June 30, 2022. The state’s excise tax on gasoline is 25 cents per gallon.

“I will never stop fighting to help provide tax relief for the families and small businesses in our communities. We have successfully rallied against the majority’s attempt to pass tolls legislation. We have successfully rallied against last year’s attempt by the majority to enact a new state gas tax. We will continue to do so, because people here in north-central Connecticut are overtaxed and are struggling to pay the high costs at the pumps. This legislation will help people keep more money in their wallets. I am pleased it was passed with overwhelming support by Republicans and Democrats.”

In addition, the legislation creates a one-week sales tax holiday on clothing and footwear under $100 from April 10, 2022, to April 16, 2022, and it suspends fares on all CTtransit buses statewide from April 1, 2022, to June 30, 2022.

The legislation includes language asserting that failure by retailers to reduce the per-gallon price of gasoline by this amount during the suspension period will be considered an “unfair or deceptive trade practice.”

Sen. Kissel is also advocating for cutting the state sales tax, making health care more affordable, and implementing policies to create opportunities and pipeline to jobs.

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