More than 6,700 people across Connecticut have signed a petition calling for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to stop an increase in the gross receipts tax on gas that would send the price at the pump up by about four cents a gallon on July 1.
But Malloy and other Democrats say the Republicans who are pushing to stop the tax are playing politics. House Republican leader Larry Cafero and Senate Republican leader John McKinney supported the upcoming tax increase in 2005.
“They are doing what they always do, and that’s play politics with an issue,” he said Monday at an event in West Hartford. “I think every time they talk about it, they should have a big thing on their chest that says, ‘I voted for the tax.'”
McKinney and Cafero defended their votes and their changed position, saying that the state’s economy was stronger then than it is now.