By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republicans stepped up pressure Monday on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly’s majority Democrats to stop a looming increase in the state’s gasoline and diesel taxes, launching a petition drive at gas stations across Connecticut and on the Internet.
GOP leaders said the higher taxes, originally approved years ago and set to take effect July 1, will hurt middle-class families and struggling businesses. They also criticized the Democrats for using the revenue to help balance the state budget and not pay for road and bridge repair.
“There’s still time to stop this unfair tax increase,” said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, standing across from a Hartford gas station with House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. Both men are considering running for governor in 2014.
The petroleum gross receipts tax is a percentage of the wholesale price…
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