Average gas price in Connecticut tops $4 - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Average gas price in Connecticut tops $4

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

It seems as though the temperatures aren't the only numbers getting higher and higher. Gas prices in Connecticut have topped $4 a gallon, making them the second-highest in the continental U.S. and the highest in New England.

According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gage Report, the average prices for a gallon of regular gas reached $4.01, which is a 20-cent increase in the past week.

AAA officials said the high gas prices are because of the rise in demand and not enough supply. The increased oil prices and production issues at several refineries also attribute to the high gas prices.

Many residents are unhappy about the recent jump in prices. Madge, an East Hartford resident, went to the south on vacation and came back to the high gas prices.

"The gas prices are way different than up here in Connecticut," said Madge. "It's much cheaper when you hit New Jersey going down to Florida, the Carolinas, much cheaper gas. The taxes in Connecticut are way too high."

A recent website set up by Senate Republicans called "Ax the Gas Tax" has more than 17,000 signatures from people who want to get rid of the new 4-cent gas tax that went into effect this earlier this month.

The tax is expected to generate more than $60 million in state revenue and Senate Republicans said they want to repeal it during the next session.

"It's ridiculous," said Windsor resident Roy Douglas. "I'm really in favor of bringing the tolls back to Connecticut."

The last time Connecticut saw gas prices above $4 was on Oct. 21.

The highest recorded gas price was reported in 2008 when gas was $4.39.

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