Connecticut lawmakers assembled at Secondi Brothers Trucking in
Milford where they told news reporters they believed the increase
on diesel fuel would destroy the trucking industry.
James Amann (D-Milford), Richard Roy, (D-Milford), Peter Panaroni,
(D-Branford), Sen. Win Smith, (R-Milford), and Milford Mayor James
Richetelli Jr, have joined forces to ask Gov. John G. Rowland
to repeal the tax.
increased Connecticut's tax on diesel fuel from 18 to 26 cents
per gallon on Aug. 1.
tax increase is expected to produce an additional $25 million
in state tax revenue to help Connecticut out if its budget crisis.
The increase was approved on June 30 as part of a package designed
to raise $130 million.
reportedly said "Connecticut will become a drive-through
state" like it did in the early 1990s when the taxes on diesel
were raised. Truckers then were filling up before entering the
state's borders and business was lost to neighboring states, he
ranks 3rd behind Pennsylvania and Wisconsin for taxes charged at
the pump. The state's fuel tax is 26 cents per gallon. Rep. Roy
said on June 30 he introduced an amendment that would have repealed
the tax, but it was defeated.
not going to stop fighting for the truckers of this state; they
have been robbed," Roy said.