It appears Connecticut motorists will continue to enjoy a state gasoline tax break through the winter, though full details remain to be settled. Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed Tuesday that he’s ready to support an extension of the holiday that has waived Connecticut’s 25-cents-per-gallon retail levy on gasoline since April 1. That holiday currently is slated to expire after Nov. 30. The governor, who spoke with reporters following a mid-morning Capitol press conference to announce changes within his administration, said he also wants to talk with legislative leaders about possibly restoring the tax in stages, rather than adding 25 cents back all at once. “I don’t think we’re going to have a cliff on the gas [tax] starting on Dec. 1,” said Lamont, who added he also wants to continue a second element of the holiday — free public bus transit service. House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, announced in late September the … [Read more...] about Gov. Lamont ready to extend CT gas tax holiday into the winter
Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he will call the General Assembly into special session by month’s end to increase funding for pandemic worker bonuses and heating oil assistance and to extend the gas-tax holiday and free bus service. “We met with the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle, and I think we reached broad agreement,” Lamont said. Suspended on April 1, the 25-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline will be phased in over five months at a nickel a month from Dec. 1 through May 1, sparing consumers an overnight price shock, Lamont said. Without action in a special session, the full 25-cent tax would resume on Dec. 1. Free bus service also would continue until May 1, Lamont said. House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the Democratic governor and legislative leaders resolved the subjects to be tackled in a lame-duck special session while leaving some specifics subject to further negotiation. The governor … [Read more...] about Lamont, lawmakers agree to extend gas tax holiday, boost pandemic pay for essential workers.
After suffering setbacks in three straight election cycles, Connecticut Republicans on Tuesday faced the likelihood that their party’s de facto figurehead, former President Donald Trump, will stick around for at least one more national campaign. Trump announced his third presidential run Tuesday night in a prime-time address from his home in Florida, a week after his party’s underwhelming performance in the midterm elections, which many saw as a repudiation of candidates hand-picked by the former president . Anticipating the move, several Connecticut Republicans offered a less than enthusiastic response. “Given that 60 percent of Connecticut residents don’t support him, I think he’s a drag on any ticket, on the Republican Party,” said House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora, R- North Branford. While elected Republicans in the state House and Senate have generally held more lukewarm attitudes about the former president than the party’s voters, Candelora noted that several … [Read more...] about CT Republicans react to Trump’s reelection plan: ‘He’s a drag on any ticket’
The campaigns of Gov. Ned Lamont and GOP challenger Bob Stefanowski spent a record-setting $30 million-plus, exposing weaknesses in the state's otherwise-popular public-financing program that may prompt the General Assembly to raise the limit on grants for the next election cycle. The Citizen's Election Program is set up to require candidates for governor to raise just under $300,000 through small smaller donations, which would then trigger $9 million in public funding that would be given to the campaign to spend and create a limit for spending. Thought of as a way to create equal funding for political candidates, Lamont and Stefanowski avoid the public funding and dipped into their own wealth, raising the question of whether top of the ticket candidates will continue doing this in the future and just how wealthy someone has to be to run for the state's highest office. If the current maximum $9 million grant isn't increased for governor candidates, it could subvert the purpose of … [Read more...] about After record spending in CT governor race, questions arise over future spending by wealthy candidates