Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he would be willing to cut gasoline taxes in exchange for tolling Connecticut’s highways. During an interview on WTIC 1080, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, also said he would be willing to talk about reducing the gasoline tax in exchange for approving tolls.
House Minority Leader Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said she didn’t believe Democrats were serious.
Late in the 2018 session as the tolls fight heated up, Democrats offered ideas of cutting the gasoline tax modestly as part of a compromise, but none of the bills made it to the House floor.
Connecticut took in an estimated $505.3 million through the state’s 25 cent per gallon gasoline tax in 2018, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis in their breakdown of the 2018 – 2019 budget.