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Governor Lamont Agrees to New, Regressive Tax

Today, Governor Lamont joined governors in the Northeast region in signing onto the newly-released Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) Memorandum of Understanding. The initiative would result in $388.6 million per year in increased gasoline costs across the state. 

Connecticut is already struggling amid an economic downturn. Imposing a significant tax increase simply chops any chance of recovery off at the knees and harms working families with a regressive tax at a time when few can afford it. 

Moreover, the TCI has a particularly impact on Connecticut, as our state already has the 15th highest gasoline taxes in the country, and the  second highest cost for electricity in the continental United States. By agreeing to this MOU, Governor Lamont agrees to: 

  1. $388.6 million in additional burdens on the poor and working classes during a time of underemployment and fiscal uncertainty;
  2. Additional layers of bureaucracy (with all their accompanying costs); and
  3. A non-governmental, multi-state agency with no public oversight that will determine how to spend the money with limited legislative oversight. Connecticut, as only one participant in a twelve-state program, is likely to have little say in these decisions.

Yankee Institute president Carol Platt Liebau said, “This new tax is regressive, opaque, and offensive to hardworking Connecticut residents and small business owners who deserve better from a state government that is supposed to care about them and represent their interests – not the interests of an activist group bent on making it too expensive for the average family to drive to work.”

Isabel Blank

Isabel Blank

Isabel graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 2017 and completed a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2018. A former Yankee intern, Isabel involved herself in politics during her time at UConn and held several internship positions including positions at the ACLU of CT and the Democracy Fund in Washington D.C.

10 Comments

  1. Avatar Kevin potoczek
    December 21, 2020 @ 4:45 pm

    crybaby couldnt get his tolls he wiil win By a land slide when he goes for reLection dUe to the only count demecrat vote maChines

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  2. Avatar Kate
    December 21, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

    Dont do it!

    Reply

  3. Avatar John Smith Jr
    December 21, 2020 @ 7:56 pm

    Tax Tax Tax What the hell we paying for Emission’s on Vehicle’s For , And Now Tax Fuel again This Governor Is a TYRANT !!!!

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  4. Avatar Vince
    December 22, 2020 @ 11:03 am

    TIme to move

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  5. Avatar cal Heminway
    December 22, 2020 @ 11:08 am

    Governor “sensitivity” at work!

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  6. Avatar Mike
    December 22, 2020 @ 1:31 pm

    Total BS by the little tich guy from greenwich

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  7. Avatar Glenn Hamilton
    December 23, 2020 @ 8:52 am

    Now I remember why I left CT and its high taxes and spending.

    Reply

  8. Avatar Robert Zapp
    December 23, 2020 @ 7:06 pm

    Planning to bail of Ct next year.

    Reply

  9. Avatar Rick McKinniss
    December 24, 2020 @ 8:50 am

    What about article i, section 10 of the us constitution?

    Reply

  10. Avatar Larry Janesky
    December 26, 2020 @ 3:23 pm

    My business has 80 vehicles on the road. I have to raise my prices for home services for CT homeowners to pay the gas tax. I hate this government, and I do not understand why people keep voting for it when they are hurting everyone except the government employees.

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