Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brilliant: Connecticut Governor Wants to Raise Gas Tax

Hey, the poor schlubs in this wall-to-wall Democrat state just aren't paying their fair share, I guess. I mean, all he wants is a mere three extra cents a gallon on top of the 25 cents they're already hitting the people up for. This is such a brilliant plan I'm surprised Obama and his merry band of Congressional idiots haven't come up with this idea on the national level. So the governor is scratching his pointy head wondering how anyone could object.
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.

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?"
What are you going to do? Go to Rhode Island to buy gas.
Right now the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.91, up two cents from yesterday.

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.
Update: Apparently the madness has spread to Maryland. Gee, these Democrats are really in touch with reality.


LYNNDH said...

Some times people are so smart they are stupid. So, 23 cents a gal cheaper. 20 gal that is $4.60. Just how far is it to the other state stations? What kind of gas milage does he get? If it is 20 miles round trip, and he gets 20 miles to a gal, that trip cost him $3.98 - $4.00. He saved 60 cents, drove an extra 20 miles, and spent the time doing it. Some savings. If his vehicle got less milage, he lost money.

NeoKong said...

That's not the point. You assume a twenty mile round trip but what if it is only six or seven miles and he does it on Sunday....?
You have to factor in the F.U. equation.
People don't like getting ripped off and will burn an hour  just so  the state doesn't shake them down.

Just A Grunt said...

Georgia's gas tax goes up 3¢ tomorrow. The increase was just approved in the last legislative session and Governor Deal signed it. The insidious part of our tax increase is that it is conditional on the price of gas and subject to review and further increases as the price of gas goes up.

jammiewearingfool said...

It could be a matter of a couple of miles crossing the border. I frequently travel through CT and RI and scrupulously avoid stopping for gas in CT. It's even more punitive if you stop on or close to highways.

Danishova said...

JAG, Georgia's gas tax is going up too. ( Deal needs to follow Purdue's lead here....

Danishova said...

Oops, sorry, should have read the comments...