Connecticut on Thursday turned the third state to briefly suspend its gas tax as costs on the pump have soared from inflation and Russia’s warfare on Ukraine.
Gov. Ned Lamont signed emergency legislation waiving the state’s excise tax on gas from April 1 to June 30, saving drivers $0.25 per gallon.
The measure additionally established a sales-tax-free week on clothes and footwear valued beneath $100 per merchandise, starting April 10. The state already has the same tax-free week in August earlier than college students return to faculty.
The laws acquired unanimous bipartisan approval within the state’s General Assembly.
“I am appreciative that legislative leaders from both parties successfully worked with my office to get this done,” Lamont said in a statement.
“And I think these actions are a good indicator that in the coming weeks we will be able to once again come to a bipartisan agreement to provide more tax relief to the people of Connecticut,” the governor added.
If gas retailers fail to scale back the per-gallon value by $0.25 in the course of the suspension interval, they are going to be charged with “unfair or deceptive trade practice,” the laws says.
Connecticut joins Maryland and Georgia as states which have briefly suspended their gas tax to give motorists reduction from the sky-high gas costs. Other state legislators are contemplating comparable strikes.
The nationwide common value for a gallon of gas was $4.23 on Thursday, according to AAA. Connecticut was increased than the typical at $4.31 per gallon, in addition to New York at $4.35 per gallon.
With Post wires