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Senator Murphy proposes increase in federal gas tax

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Connecticut residents may soon be seeing more federal tax hikes in the gas and diesel purchased, the first hike in 20 years.

Lawmakers in Washington, DC said the federal highway trust fund will be empty in a few months if they don't come up with a plan to refill it.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker proposed raising the federal tax $0.12 over the next two years to replenish the fund, however, taxpayers aren't approving of this.

"That's not going to work for me. I'm a single parent, I can't afford that," said Latoya Leery.

Connecticut drivers are already paying one of the highest federal fuel taxes in the nation, at a little over $0.18 per gallon of gasoline and a little over $0.24 per gallon of diesel.

If this proposal goes through, on average, it will cost about $88 more per year.

"As a retiree on a fixed income it doesn't do me very well. When they have to raise the tax that much in a short time it just tells me stupid planning," said Joe Szczech.

The upside of Murphy's plan calls for cutting taxes and extending tax breaks that expire this year.

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