Connecticut Senator Pushing for Gas Tax Cap [POLL]

State Sen. Len Suzio says, "It's time to put a limit on this nonsense." What do you think?

If one Connecticut senator has his way, you could be paying less tax at the gas pump soon.

State Sen. Len Suzio has reinvigorated his campaign to implement a cap on the gross receipts tax for gasoline, most recently during a visit to a Cheshire gas station on Monday.

The gross receipts tax on the wholesale price of gas is 7.53 percent, and that's on top of the 25 cent state tax on gas and 18 cents levied by Washington, according to CT News Junkie.

The problem with the gross receipts tax, Suzio says, is that the higher the price of gasoline the more state residents are paying in taxes. In fact, CT News Junkie reports, Suzio asserts that the state will be taking in 41 percent more than expected in the first six months of this year, due to that tax.

"You are paying 53 cents per gallon in state taxes on every gallon of gasoline you pump," the Republican senator writes on his website. "It’s time to put a limit on this nonsense!"

Here's his plan: "I will introduce a cap on the second hidden gas tax so that when gas prices rise above a gallon, this tax will not continue to increase. This should save as much as 10 cents per gallon immediately and could save even more if gas prices continue to increase."

Suzio, who represents the 13th District, is circulating a petition to have the issue debated on the House floor in the current legislative session, and is encouraging residents to sign that petition on his website.

We want to know what you think: do you support a cap on the gas tax?

Yooper February 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I’m not sure if any of these guys would qualify if the job of president had such a restriction. Like a lot of people who are looking for a job, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul got dressed up in their best suits for their interview on Wednesday. Unlike everyone else their interview was held in front of TV cameras and broadcast over the entire country. They’ve actually been through more than 20 of these interviews, which the TV people call “debates.” Friends and supporters of the job seekers have begun to complain about the large number. For example, Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Romney supporter, said the debates have “turned from a candidate's ability to describe their position on the issues to mud-wrestling." Regular unemployed folks (and I’ve spoken with many of them) would be eliminated from job consideration immediately if they spent their time bashing other candidates. Not these guys. Insulting and debasing the competition actually gives them their best chance to be hired. This strategy works for both Democrats and Republicans. Men and women. We haven’t heard or seen much of it from Democrats yet because they already have their 2012 job applicant lined up. I’m not sure why the four men who were in Mesa Wednesday would complain about all the interviews, anyway. Most unemployed people suffer from just the opposite. They send out resume after resume, fill out application after application, and never get an interview.
Yooper February 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The four men who visited Mesa Wednesday in order to apply for the job of president all say that their first priority is jobs. This is their curious way of trying to convince voters, many of whom are desperately trying to find work, into hiring them for the job THEY desperately want. After spending so much time seeking the job of president each of these candidates should have a real sense of empathy for regular unemployed folks, but I’m not sure. None of the men running for president is in danger of going bankrupt. None of them is about to have his house foreclosed upon. None of them has lost his health care. None of them is unable to pay the bills or has been forced to make decisions about whether to buy food for his family or gas for his car, which he needs to look for work. The major presidential candidates have drivers. And airplanes that take them from city to city, looking for this one job. And people who send their campaigns money so they can stay in nice hotels and eat good food and not have to worry about losing a house or any of that. Also, if these particular men don’t get the job of president this year they could spend much of the next four years trying to get the job when it becomes available again in 2016. Regular unemployed people don’t have that luxury, particularly in Arizona, where the Legislature won’t extend benefits. And there’s another important difference between presidential candidates and regular unemployed people.
Yooper February 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Unlike middle-aged job seekers in the private sector the middle-aged politicians hoping to run the country don’t have to worry about being eliminated from job consideration because they’re “over qualified.”
Don Charles February 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the YOOPER blog. All Yooper does is blast Republicans now he is telling us all about their spending habits , private planes hotels etc. Hey Yooper how about all the money your First lady Moochelle spends on trips with all her friends and family and all the money Obuma spends with his trips to campaign. Air force one never got as much use as it does now. No sense in speaking to you since you are a waste and an Obuma zombie. And by the way speaking of men who have never had a real job you forgot to mention your president. He has never had a real job and now is making more money than ever. Believe he has amassed over 8 million dollars since the became "king". Now you can come back and tell me how bias I am. Yes I am biased about what is happening to our country and this is all due to your Marxist President. I assume you have no children or grandchildren since you don't give a dman about the future for them. Well I do care and will do all I can to badmouth this lying president and this big spending president.
Yooper February 23, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thanks again, Don. Your comments always exceed my expectations.


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