Monday, February 20, 2012

Gas Tax Cap Rally A Success!

Today State Senator Len Suzio  R-Meriden & Middletown, lead a rally at Hiba Gas Station on the corner of South Main Street ;  to bring attention to his proposed bill to cap the state gas tax. A crowd of about 30 residents showed up in support.
 Currently CT's state gas tax is 47 cents per gallon. The gross receipts tax that is 7.5% on the is in addition to the state flat tax of 25 cents on each gallon of gasoline. Suzio has drafted legislation, senate bill number five, to cap this tax. Gas is predicted to rise to over four dollars a gallon this spring. Suzio states in his many reasons listed on his website that the State says that money from the tax goes to road repair ; bridge work, but this is simply untrue; the money goes to the general fund.The gross receipts tax is by percentage, which right now is 7.5 percent, so the gross receipts tax increases when the price of gasoline goes up.
“The people of Connecticut are getting gouged,” Suzio told the crowd, "Representative Matt Lesser came out and spoke against price gouging during the hurricane, but what about the rest of the year? The gouging that goes on everyday? That's why I am here."
Middletown Common council members Joe Bibisi, Deborah Kleckowski & Phil Pessina were on hand for the rally, as were former Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, Ed Dypa, chairman of the senior services commission, Molly Salafia, Planning & Zoning Commissioner, and Wayne Winsley, candidate for the U.S. Congress for the third Congressional district (Middletown). Also in attendance were former Council member & local radio show & political commentator host David Bauer, former Board of Assessment Appeals & co host of the TV show "The Edge" on cable access William Wilson, Bob Stefurak  host of the "The Diner," and current BOE board member Ryan Kennedy.

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