Come on, Connecticut, get with the program

Those of you who live in Connecticut are no doubt familiar with Governor Malloy’s proposal to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 3 cents per gallon.  It would seem as if Connecticut prides itself on being one of the highest taxed states in the country.  But, if Maryland has its way, soon you may be taking a back seat in the “gasoline tax increase derby”.

It seems that Maryland is proposing an increase of 10 cents per gallon.  Oh, the humanity.

If this news is distressing to the folks in Connecticut, you can take some comfort in the words of Gian-Carl Casa, Governor Malloy’s undersecretary at the budget office.  When asked about the wisdom of raising taxes now, he said,

[b]ut at some point government has to come to grips with the needs of the state…

Gee, where have all your tax dollars raised in the past gone, if not for “the needs of the state”.  And, imagine how high your taxes can climb now that the governor’s office is finally coming to grips with “the needs of the state”.

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  1. Plainvillian on March 31, 2011 at 3:07 am

    When did the 'needs of the state' become superior to the needs of the people?

  2. winnie888 on March 31, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Wow, Malloy's proposed .03/gallon tax increase on gas looks pretty weak compared to Maryland's.  Malloy should just go whole-hog and propose .15/gallon increase.  After all, the state needs it.  We, on the other hand, do not.

  3. Don Lombardo on March 31, 2011 at 5:07 am

    The needs Liberal politicians to BUY votes.

  4. weregettinghosed on March 31, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Malloy has been watching too much Obamavision; he thinks all that trillion dollar spending is for real, so he being just a mere state is going for the billion dollar spending plan, and of course on the Obama Show, the people just pay it, like good boys and girls. What he really does not get is it will not work, the people will not go along and soon, the people will revolt, here and everywhere. Please someone cancel the Obama Show, I hear Obamavision is bankrupt, the people are not paying anymore.

  5. Dimsdale on March 31, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Let us not forget Diesel fuel: there is a tax on that as well, and inasmuch as virtually everything is transported by Diesel, it is a tax on YOU.

  6. TomL on March 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Since I travel a bit and go thru MA alot I fuel there @ 3.49/gal in Sturbridge. I burn anywhere from 25-30 gallons a day.? Since I’m there, I buy my bottled water with no deposit. I’m waiting on Malloy the Moocher to tell MD we’ll see your 10 cents and raise you 30 cents.

  7. bill88w on March 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Connecticut has the latest Tax Freedom day in the country of May 2nd.  Dan is trying to push it into June.  Thanks Dan.

  8. NH-Jim on April 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Speaking before a group of 90, or so, students at Yale University Law School yesterday (4/4/11), former gubernatorial candidates <a title="Foley, lamont find fault with Malloy's budget" href="; rel="nofollow">Ned Lamont and Tom Foley criticized gov. Malloy's budget. Lamont stated, "What we need is more taxpayers in this state."


    But the most revealing fact comes at the end of the article when asked for a show of hands, almost all students raised their hands indicating they will move out of the state after graduating.


    Result: ever-increasing taxation on those of us too stubborn, too trapped, too poor to move out of this state.

Square - Malloy

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