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Is a Mileage Tax in Connecticut’s Future?

January 6, 2017 By Staff
Is a Mileage Tax in Connecticut’s Future?

A mileage tax has long been a dream of progressives, allowing the state to levy another tax on Connecticut drivers.

Connecticut continues to fail to properly fund its critical infrastructure. While Connecticut has some of the highest taxes on gasoline in the nation, some state leaders are now looking for new ways to raise money from taxpayers.

A mileage tax has long been a dream of progressives, allowing the state to levy another tax on Connecticut drivers.  New taxes have become all too routine to Connecticut’s workers. It seems Governor Malloy has embraced a study into mileage taxes.

As Connecticut faces an ever-increasing budget crisis, state leaders have historically looked for new taxes as a simple fix.

These same leaders say, in the midst of budget crises, that new taxes fund critical infrastructure. Others are skeptical, though, given the expensive, new experimental public transportation projects like CT Fastrak, which transit leaders plan to fund eastward.

Cities like Hartford have longed dreamed of re-doing past roadway projects like I-84. When I-84 was originally constructed it physically divided Hartford. Harming economic development for decades, yet it seems roads fail to get funding despite community wide support.

It’s unclear if a mileage tax in Connecticut would mean lowering the state’s high tax on gasoline or if it would add to Connecticut’s high cost of getting around.

As Connecticut’s state legislature faces down billion dollar deficits, it’s clear that new and increasing taxes are on the minds of some state legislators. Even Governor Malloy won’t rule out new taxes.