Connecticut GOP Lawmakers Trying to Stop Gas Tax Hike

The gas tax is scheduled to increase 16 percent on July 1.

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    Legislative Republicans are planning a petition drive to stop a scheduled increase in the gasoline tax.

    Leaders of the General Assembly's minority party are scheduled to kick off the drive with a news conference on Monday at a Hartford gas station.

    Later, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Republican lawmakers will collect signatures at gas stations in nine communities.

    The state's petroleum gross receipts tax -- a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and charged to companies distributing petroleum products -- is scheduled to increase 16 percent on July 1. That tax is in addition to the regular 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax and the 18.4 cents-per-gallon in federal gas taxes.

    Majority Democrats have said the estimated $60 million collected by the increase was needed to help balance the state budget.

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