Jorge Cabrera

State Senator

Jorge Cabrera

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working Together to Solve Problems

March 23, 2022

Sen. Cabrera Approves 3-Month Gas Tax Break Holiday, Another Sales-Tax Free Week

Over $100 million in tax savings for CT residents

HARTFORD – On a day when regular gasoline prices hovered around $4 a gallon across Connecticut, state Senator Jorge Cabrera (D-Hamden) voted today to cut Connecticut’s gas tax by 25 cents a gallon for the next three months – saving Connecticut motorists an estimated $90 million between now and June 30.

Sen. Cabrera’s also voted today to create a second sales-tax free week on clothing and shoes valued at under $100 to take place in April; the move is expected to save Connecticut consumers $3 million.

Today’s vote also saves Connecticut commuters an additional $8.1 million providing free public bus service transportation in Connecticut through June 30.

“It can be challenging and stressful enough balancing a budget for one, let alone the many hard-working families who have been negatively impacted by the high cost of gas,” said Sen. Cabrera, Vice Chair of the Labor and Public Affairs Committee. “Today, I joined my colleagues to vote in favor of giving folks across the state a break. Not just a break at the pump with the suspension of the gas tax, which will save about $100 million for Connecticut motorists, but also a break in the marketplace with a week-long sales tax break on clothes and shoes in April and free bus rides for the duration of the gas tax break. These interventions will provide Connecticut residents with much-needed and deserved relief for the near future.”

Sen. Cabrera approved the combined $101.3 million in savings for Connecticut residents today by joining the bipartisan vote for House Bill 5501, “AN ACT SUSPENDING CERTAIN GAS TAXES AND SALES AND USE TAXES ON CERTAIN CLOTHING AND ALLOCATING FUNDS FOR FREE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES.” The bill had passed the House of Representatives earlier in the day and now heads to Governor Ned Lamont for his signature into law.

House Bill 5501 requires retail gas dealers to reduce their pump prices by 25 cents per gallon or face charges of unfair or deceptive trades practices. The $90 million gas tax cut will not affect Connecticut’s General Fund budget – which is now enjoying a $1.7 billion surplus – or its record-setting $3 billion Rainy Day Fund; the money will only affect the state’s Special Transportation Fund, where gasoline taxes are routinely deposited

The April sales tax holiday on clothing under $100 is designed to provide families with economic relief in the face of rising inflation, and it will be in addition to Connecticut’s annual tax-free week on apparel that traditionally takes place in August. Under sales-tax free week, clothing and shoes with retail prices under $100 will be exempt from the state sales tax of 6.35%.

Items included in the sales tax break include socks, hats, belts, blouses, diapers, dresses, employee uniforms, cress or work gloves, golf jackets and shirts, jeans, sweat suits, underwear, jackets, scarves, many types of shoes, sleepwear and swimsuits. Items that remain taxable include specialty boots for fishing, mountain climbing, skiing and firefighting; specialty gloves including athletic, garden, golf, tennis and rubber gloves; handbags; headbands; ice skates; martial arts attire and sports uniforms and helmets; safety equipment; specialty shoes including ballet, bicycle, bowling, football, golf, track and jazz shoes; ski pants; wallets; and wet suits.