Connecticut budget proposal to raise fuel tax by 6 cents

| Monday, April 11, 2005

A budget proposal by Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell could raise the state’s fuel tax by 6 cents over the next eight years.

The tax is part of a larger $1.3 billion transit improvement plan proposed by the governor. The plan is just one part of a $31 billion budget, all of which can be revised – and must be approved – by the state Legislature before it can take effect.

Rell told The Associated Press that the proposed fuel tax would create an additional $13 million to $15 million in revenue. Much of this money, she said, would be used to increase and improve traffic flow and repair ramps on Interstate 95.

Other designations for the money include $150 million for improvements to I-84 and I-91, $7.5 million for new buses and $667 million to add 342 new passenger rail cars to the Metro-North railroad fleet.

If approved, the fuel tax would go up by a penny starting July 1. Currently, Connecticut has a 25-cent gasoline tax and a 26-cent diesel tax.

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