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November 24, 2022 | Ted Kraft
The General Assembly will consider extending Connecticut’s gas tax holiday for some time at a meeting convened by Governor Ned Lamont on Monday, November 28.
The governor also proposes that the legislature continue to suspend public transit bus fares and add funding to the state’s energy assistance and surcharge programs.
The 25 cents per gallon excise tax on gasoline has been suspended since April, as have local bus fares. Both suspensions end next Wednesday unless lawmakers act.
Gov. Lamont has proposed that the gas tax suspension will continue until December 1, after which it will be phased back to 5 cents a month for five months. He is proposing to continue fare-free rides on local buses until March 30, a limit permitted by federal law.
Lamont said in a statement that Connecticut is one of three states currently suspending gas taxes. He said two other states, Georgia and New York, will have gas taxes reinstated in his December, barring action by legislatures and governors.
“Furthermore, we are proposing to allocate more funds to energy assistance programs and provide more funds to premium pay programs for essential workers so that we can meet the needs of our residents.”
On November 17, Governor Lamont declared his intention to call Congress into a special session to increase energy aid funding after Eversource and United Illuminating announced. dramatically higher price Regarding the supply of electricity for residential use from January 1st.
Lamont suggested using some of the funds the state received from the American Relief Plans Act (ARPA) to supplement the state’s Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance for utility bills to eligible households. I’m here.
Essential Worker Bonus
The Premium Pay Program promises bonuses to essential workers for their services during the pandemic. The program was originally funded at $30 million and expected to provide up to $1,000 per worker earning less than her $100,000 a year.
But then estimates came in that were higher than expected for the maximum number of people eligible. So the maximum profit would be $233.
Sean Scanlon, who was elected auditor to manage the program when he took office in January, has proposed adding $100 million to the program’s funding. We are proposing to raise it to the dollar.
November 17, 2022: Electricity price increase