Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” isn’t on any Hartford playbills this holiday season, but the specter of Connecticut’s past, present and future political and economic spirits takes center stage at the State Capitol.
The House and Senate are expected to hold special sessions after Thanksgiving to extend the 25-cent gas tax holiday, which expires on December 1. Republicans have repeatedly put forward proposals this past spring and this fall — ahead of Election Day — to ease the burden on those very families with readily available income. Let’s not forget that it was the Democratic majority that rejected a longer Republican tax break in the budget development last May that would have made this effort unnecessary. Republicans at the time also called for a reduction in the tax on diesel fuel and an increased allocation to the LIHEAP program. But the Republicans were never invited into the back room, and the Democrats dismissed all of our fully-vetted plans as mere political games. Our caucus will stand ready to recommit to responsible and proactive planning, even as Democrats continue to point the finger at an issue they have so far ignored