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    Connecticut Petroleum Marketers Remind Motorists of High Tax

    State attorney general investigates sharp rise in prices at the pump.

    CROMWELL, Conn. -- The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, representing the majority of the local gasoline and diesel fuel retailers in that state, is reminding motorists about Connecticut's "dubious distinction" of being the state with the highest motor fuel taxes in the Northeast, according to a report in the New Britain Herald News.

    "Here are the facts," said ICPA President and CEO Gene Guilford. "We see that the price of gasoline in Connecticut is about where every other state is around our region, except that after our state imposes the highest gas taxes in the region, we end up with the second-highest prices."

    Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told the newspaper Monday his office is conducting a preliminary investigation into the sharp rise in prices at the gas pump in the last 10 days.

    ICPA represents more than 564 Connecticut-based independent businesses. These businesses employ 13,000 residents who supply the majority of the state's 1,600 motor fuel outlets and 350 heating fuels dealers.

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