State Representative Phil Young (D)
120th Connecticut House District
State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District
Today, in the House, we passed an emergency-certification that will ease some of the financial burden on Connecticut residents and working families whose wallets and budgets have taken a hit due to rising gas prices and record-breaking inflation levels.
We suspended the 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax from April 1st through June 30th, are offering free bus rides through June 30th and created an additional sales tax-free week on clothing and shoes under $100 in April.
We heard the calls from CT motorists who this week are paying an average of $4.33 for a gallon of gas compared to the previous national high of $4.11 in 2008 and voted to suspend the 25-cent per gallon gas tax through June 30, 2022. We can implement the change without violating any federal or state rules and, without any impact on our special transportation fund.
It is incumbent upon oil and gas companies to do the right thing by consumers and lower their prices. I hope you join me in calling on them to do so immediately.
We still have to keep an eye on the unscrupulous with respect to gas gouging. Today’s bill implemented safeguards that will allow the state to go after the companies who do not lower their prices, but remember, if you see something unusual, say something.
Tips for filing a complaint:
Use our complaint portal:
Identify the specific location of the gas station or business.
Identify the date and time of the offer or sale
Include documentation, especially receipts.
The annual inflation rate topped out at 7.9 percent in February, the highest it has been for a 12-month period since 1982. Today, we supported offering free bus service for our residents who do not drive but need transportation.
The tax-free week on clothing and shoes begins April 10, 2022 – April 16, 2022 is in addition to the annual tax-free week, which occurs in August.
We am committed to even more robust tax relief for you and your family. Please stay tuned as we craft our budget adjustments in the next month or so. More tax relief is coming!
As always, please feel free to reach out to: