CT gas tax holiday is to be extended, pandemic wages are to be increased

Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he would call the General Assembly into a special session by the end of the month to increase funds for pandemic worker bonuses and fuel oil support, and to extend the gas tax holiday and free bus service.

“We’ve met with legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and I think we’ve reached a broad consensus,” Lamont said.

The 25-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax, suspended on April 1, will be phased in over five months from Dec. 1 to May 1 at a nickel a month to spare consumers an overnight price shock, Lamont said.

Without action in a special session, the full 25-cent tax would resume on December 1.

Free bus service would also continue through May 1, Lamont said.

House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and Senate Speaker Pro Tem Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the Democratic governor and legislative leaders had decided on the issues to be discussed in a special session, while some specifics were reserved for further negotiations.