Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often defends his proposal to raise Connecticut's gas tax amid skyrocketing prices at the pumps by arguing the extra money is needed to fix the state's roads and bridges.What are you going to do? Go to Rhode Island to buy gas.
But the idea of tacking on another three cents to the state's 25-cent-per-gallon excise tax isn't sitting well with members of the Democratic governor's own party, or with many motorists.
"This is not the time, that's for sure," said Fred Smith of Columbia, after spending more than $28 to buy just seven gallons of gasoline for his pick-up truck last week. "The roads aren't going to get any better by hiking the gas three cents. ... There are so many people on unemployment right now. What are you going to do?"
Right now the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.91, up two cents from yesterday.Update: Apparently the madness has spread to Maryland. Gee, these Democrats are really in touch with reality.
In Connecticut the average is $4.20 a gallon.
The high gas prices in the state has people living along Connecticut's border traveling to Rhode Island for cheaper gas.
The price difference is significant. Compared to a nearby Connecticut station, a station in Westerly Rhode Island is 23 cents cheaper and offers a twenty cents savings. It's enough to get Conor Gleason to cross the state line for fill ups.
"It's definitely cheaper than my town I know, I was at the gas station in my town today and I went by and it was $4.25, so it's saving a quarter over here, so it gives me another reason to come," says Gleason of North Stonington.