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Rep. Cheeseman Responds to Diesel Tax Increase

Posted on June 16, 2022


HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) House Republican Ranking Member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee responded to the increase of the Motor Vehicles Fuels Tax Rate on Diesel announced by the Department of Revenue Service on June 15th,

“Connecticut is becoming more and more unaffordable, especially for working- and middle- class families. The increasing price of diesel drives up the cost of all goods and services we rely on each and every day.

A 23% increase in the per gallon tax from 40.1 cents to 49.2 cents is simply unacceptable. Considering growing inflation which has hit food and energy hardest, this increase could not come at a worse time.

Yesterday’s announced tax increase not only drives home the importance of the Republican call for a special session to act on inflation relief by reducing over taxation, it’s also a stark reminder that Democrats have refused to address the diesel crisis our caucus has talked about since we initiated the suspension of the 25-cent tax on gasoline back in April.

There is still time for the governor and legislature to prevent this increase, and other taxes such as the highway use tax that will drive up the cost of everyday life.

State revenues have soared, and government is flush with cash, it is time to stop this over collection, and provide relief for residents.”

In compliance with state statute, the tax rate is effective July 1st, 2022 through June 30th, 2023.