Democrat Representative Jason Rojas of East Hartford is proposing a 4 cent increase to the state gasoline tax to help shore up Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund that’s running out of money.
Rojas, who’s the House chair of the tax-writing Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee made the proposal in a tweet.
Those who are honest about our transportation needs will agree. I plan to introduce a bill to raise the gas tax by 4 cents to expand the conversation. https://t.co/PMXKimDNIe
— Jason Rojas (@jrojas9) January 23, 2018
Rojas appears to be responding to a call from Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, asking lawmakers to embark on a “serious conversation” on how to support and grow Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund in the years to come. Malloy says lawmakers have to find more than $1.5 billion worth of revenue a year to keep the fund solvent for the next five years. Several lawmakers have proposed reintroducing tolls on the state’s highways.