Business owners hold Stamford protest against proposed state taxes
STAMFORD — Tens of trucks, and hundreds more people, circled the city government center with horns blaring on Saturday to send a message to state legislators: no new taxes.
The drivers — small-business owners from the Stamford area — wanted to show what they think about the state’s plan to rev up taxes on gasoline and tires and put tolls on the highways.
State lawmakers, looking for money to fix the transportation system in the middle of a budget crisis, are considering hiking the gas tax 7 cents; imposing a $3 tax on the purchase of each new tire; and installing up to 12 electronic tolls on Interstate 95 between Greenwich and West Haven, plus 10 tolls on a similar stretch of the Merritt Parkway.
Estimates so far are that there could be a toll every one to five miles.