Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” isn’t on any playbill in Hartford during the holiday season, but the specter of Connecticut’s past, present, and future political and economic ghosts take center stage on Capitol Hill.
The House and Senate are expected to meet in special sessions after Thanksgiving to extend the 25-cent gasoline tax holiday expiring on Dec. 1. Republicans have repeatedly offered proposals this past spring and this fall — ahead of Election Day — to provide relief with readily available income to these same families. Let us not forget that it was the Democratic majority that rejected a longer Republican tax break last May during the development of the budget, which would have rendered this effort unnecessary. Republicans also called for reductions in the diesel tax at the time and an increased budget for the LIHEAP program. But Republicans have never been invited into the back room and Democrats have declared that all of our fully controlled plans were mere political games. Our caucus will once again be ready to support responsible and proactive planning, even as Democrats want to continue pointing fingers at an issue they have ignored