Campaign 2010

Mar 25, 2008

Chris Shays Supports Tax Hikes on Gasoline

Chris Shays yesterday announced he supports a 20 cents per gallon tax hike on gasoline.  After more than 20 years in Congress, Shays is out of touch with hardworking middle class people struggling to pay higher gas prices


“After more than 20 years in Congress, it’s clear that Chris Shays doesn’t get it.  At a time Connecticut families are scraping by, Chris Shays comes out strong for a gas tax increase on middle class families,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “20 cents per gallon may not be a lot of money to Chris Shays, but he simply doesn’t understand how increasing a middle class families’ gas bill will force them to go without so they can pay more at the pump and more for milk and groceries.  All the while, gas companies are making record profits.  The last thing hardworking Connecticut families need is Chris Shays pushing for a gas tax hike that makes it even harder for people to make ends meet.”





  • Representative Chris Shays supports increasing the gas tax by 20 cents per gallon.  In today’s Connecticut Post, “Shays said when he was first elected to Congress in 1987, he supported a 50-cent per gallon federal gas tax but it was killed because of politics. Today, the federal gas tax isn't even half that, at $18.4 cents per gallon.”


  • In March 2007, gasoline cost $2.79 per gallon in Gas prices in Bridgeport, CT.  Today, gasoline costs $3.41/gallon in Bridgeport, CT [AAA, 3/25/08]


    • Under the Shays’ Gas Tax, gas will be upwards of $3.61 per gallon.