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