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Gas tax suspension begins in Connecticut

People are feeling the sting when they fill up at the gas pump. (WJAR)
People are feeling the sting when they fill up at the gas pump. (WJAR)
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Connecticut drivers will get some relief starting on Friday as the state suspends its gas tax.

Just over the border in North Stonington a Shell gas station has gas for $4.49 before employees drop the price by 25 cents.

Last week, Governor Ned Lamont signed emergency legislation to temporarily suspend the gas tax through June 30th.

During that time fares on public buses statewide will also be suspended.

If gas isn't reduced by 25 cents at any gas station, under the legislation, it's considered an "unfair or deceptive trade practice."

Lamont pushed for this to help ease pain at the pump.

“You don’t’ want to do something that doesn’t make a difference,” said Lamont. “Gas tax holiday is great, but if it stays in the pocket of the middleman, that doesn’t make a difference.”

Some Rhode Island lawmakers also want to suspend the gas tax.

“We are looking at providing some level of relief that we can manage in a way that is direct to our residents,” said Governor Dan McKee when asked earlier in the week.

There's legislation in Rhode Island but no date for a hearing has been set.

And state leaders don't have a timeline as to when that might happen.

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