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As a Rising Diesel Tax Takes Effect, State Rep. Kennedy (R-119) Seeks a More Affordable Connecticut

State Rep. Kennedy (R-119) of Milford and Orange responds to the 9-cent increase of the Diesel Fuel Tax on July 1, 2022.

“As soaring inflation becomes more familiar in Connecticut, middle- and working-class families become targets of financial pressures. By allowing unwanted fuel expenses to take effect during this difficult time, all Connecticut residents will see skyrocketing prices for a variety of other goods and resources, as simple and necessary as groceries and feminine health care products.”

According to the Department of Revenue Services, the 9-cent increase presents a 23% tax hike on diesel fuel across the state. This means that despite following a year in which retail diesel costs nearly doubled, the increase will officially bring the 40.1-cent tax, up to 49.2 cents today.

Along with Rep. Kennedy, Republican leaders in both the House and Senate have urged for a special session to suspend the diesel tax completely, along with the increase. This was all a part of a Republican-led $746.2 million plan to cut taxes throughout the state, easing financial burdens on Connecticut residents.

CT Republicans are urging the public to join their calls by visiting, signing the petition to call for a special session, and joining their “Rally for an Affordable Connecticut” events across the state. Senate and House Republicans will be taking their message on the road to call for action.

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