THE STATE BUDGET AND HOW IT CAN AND WILL IMPACT YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS!
YOUR FUTURE IS UNDER SERIOUS ATTACH! – The legislature has failed to pass a new budget this year and they continue to wrestle over how to find new revenue or make enough cuts to get the job done.
Democrats seem to have backed off from a sales tax increase, but are looking to cigarettes and e-cigarette taxes for additional revenue.
The House of Representatives are tentatively scheduled to go into session on Thursday, but without a deal in place with Senate Democrats and the Governor, it will be nearly impossible for them to get a budget done.
This leaves the door open for us to continue our efforts working with Jobbers on increasing the minimum markup on cigarettes, allowing for the sale of beer in c-stores and fixing the gross earnings tax to a fixed cents per gallon (opposed to a percentage tax).
GASDA is asking all dealers/retailers to call your fellow dealers and please send this communication TODAY to your local representatives and the Governor to communicate our industries willingness to be a part of a budget solution without exposing them to the risk that they will have to take in the next election by supporting tax increases. A joint approved GASDA/CEMA letter is prepared in this link.
PLEASE ACT NOW AS TIME IS SHORT!
Copy and Past the below like in your browser to take action NOW –
THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT IS PROPOSING ELIMINATING GASOLINE & DIESEL FUEL IN FAVOR OF ELECTRIC VEHCILES!
YOUR FUTURE IS UNDER SERIOUS ATTACH!
YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSE BUT YOU CAN STOP THIS!
SEE BELOW THE 226-PAGE REPORT AND CALL THE OFFICE 203-327-4773 OR EMAIL MIKE@GASDA.ORG TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO!
UNBRANDED RETAILERS-YOUR PAYING WAY TO MUCH FOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSING!
GASDA has a NEW #1 Recommended Credit Card Processing Vendor
that will SAVE YOU MONEY AND TO CHECK IT OUT IS ALL FREE!
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THE SAVINGS YOUR MISSING OUT ON!
CoCard has a Brand New Program for unbranded Service Stations, Repair Shops and Towing Operators that will save you money over your current credit card processor.
Your paying to much If you have not checked this New Insurance Program Out!
GoodWorks Insurance, GASDA’s #1 recommended insurance vendor regularly saves clients 20% or more over direct writers and others and as always all quotes are FREE
so what do you have to lose expect paying to much!!
Hartford Business Journal reports New England electricity prices hit 13-year low!!!!
Is your business or home getting in on these lower rates? GASDA can and has helped retailers and homeowners get the lowest rates on their electricity. For a NO COST evaluation, send us a copy of your current electric bill by email or Fax 203-323-6935. We can save you money now and more important – we watch your program 90-days in advance of it expiring to make sure your rates stay low when compared to current rates.
Many do NOT know that wholesale electric rates fluctuate everyday just like wholesale gasoline prices do. Many commercial and residential customers participate in programs that lock in special savings. We have short term and long term programs that can and have proven time after time to save you money over the long term. Anyone can come in after you sign a long term agreement and pick the month of June or July and compare your December rate and claim to save you money. That is just not a far comparison. That would be like a consumer coming to your station and showing you a credit card receipt when retail gasoline prices were low and asking you why is your price so high today.
More important, since we watch wholesale gasoline prices on a daily basis, we now do that with electric rates as well and find what works best for you. Let’s say your current program expires in December, it makes zero sense to renew for 12-months because you will always come up for renewal in December when electric rates are higher. We can put you in a short term program so that you expire when rates are historically low. Of course this changes over time and we have the historical rates so we can see these move movements. Just like gasoline prices rise and fall around 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. History has a way of repeating itself. Now, we can help you.
Again, this service is provided at NO COST to you!
ATTENTION ALL RETAILERS ON A NEW PIECE OF VERY BAD LEGISLATION!!!
A new bill which just came up last Wednesday with zero media talking about it!
House Bill-7247 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CARBON PRICE FOR FOSSIL FUELS SOLD IN CONNECTICUT.
This bill in its current form will be a disaster for both consumers and business owners, both large and small.
Please oppose H.B. No. 7247, AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CARBON PRICE FOR FOSSIL FUELS SOLD IN CONNECTICUT.
Please use this link to OPPOSE HB-7247 http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/kennedy-contact
or Call Sen. Kennedy’s office his Legislative Aide Aurora D’Angona 800-842-1420.
Any Carbon Tax should be done on a Federal Level so as not to create Connecticut AGAIN becoming a higher cost State than those States that surround us. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Consumers have proven they will purchase outside the State, in States that DO NOT have this carbon tax, putting Connecticut Retailers at a minimum of approximately $.14 cents per gallon higher than surrounding States and that is just the FIRST YEAR as each year the Carbon Tax goes up. YOU MUST ACT TODAY TO KILL THIS BILL!!! As you can see above this bill will increase more than just the Gas and Diesel Tax which will hit you in your pocket. This tax will again be raided and go to the general fund and we have zero assurance that it will NOT! Show me the facts in the BILL that the money/Tax will go and stay where this bill says it will. History has taught us a valuable lesson that we all should have learned by now.
ATTENTION All Gas Retailers
New Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2017!
Minimum Wage Increase
Something that will directly affect residents is the increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $9.60. Some state lawmakers are pushing for the minimum wage to go up to $15 an hour in the coming years.
Ban the Box
Employers will no longer be legally allowed to ask prospective employees about prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions in an initial employment application unless required to do so under state or federal law or if the employer must obtain a security or fidelity bond.
Another part of the act will establish a task force to study issues of employment opportunities for people with criminal histories.
The movement is commonly called “ban the box,” which refers to the check mark box on job applications that asks about prior convictions and arrests.
Another GASDA Insurance Vendor Specializing in the
Gasoline-Convenience Store-Repairs Shop Industry!!
$7.25 Billion Credit Card Settlement Overturned!
ATTENTION All Mobil Retailers
It has come to our attention that Alliance/Global is now starting to send out the first new lease from your old Mobil leases. I have attached Section (B) of the Right of First Refusal Law which for most of you who DID NOT purchase your locations, this will be the section that is critically important.
Please read the Section (B) (SEE BELOW) carefully and then feel free to give me a call as this will affect all Mobil dealers in the State of Connecticut and something that should unite you all again. These new leases will put you out of business or at the very least, cripple your ability to not only make money, but devalue your current Franchise to almost nothing. This will be a battle and you must be prepared for it – if not all your value in your Franchise will be destroyed by these new leases.
While my review along with AJ Barr and John Morgan is not yet complete from what we have seen so far — these lease are devastating and cannot be explained as anything more than taking away what rights you have.
Thankfully we have Section B of the Right of First Refusal Law and united together will be able to work on getting this fixed. Now we must unite, learn from the past and fix the issue at hand. Please, please take the time to call and make sure every Mobil dealer is aware of this even if they have signed the lease already as they may not have known they had rights. This is not the time to say we are mad at any fellow Mobil dealer no matter what. This is the LAST time you will get a chance to fix this problem.
Call Email me so that I have current information as I will be starting a new list of Mobil dealers and need to verify that we have correct contact information. If you know someone has taken over another station send me a quick email so that can make sure I contact that new owner. The larger the group – the cheaper and stronger the force will be to correct this. Just because the law is there does not mean Alliance/Global will just obey it.
GASDA is Pleased to Announce NB Environmental Services as Another New Recommended Vendor for all your Environmental Needs!
ATTENTION ALL RETAILERS: A Brand New GASDA Bank Lender to Handle All Your Financing Needs
New State of Connecticut Requirements for a Permit
to sell Vapor Cigarettes & Products! March 1, 2016 Deadline!
ATTENTION ALL GAS RETAILERS
Major Issue Regarding Underground Tank Insurance
What a Retailer needs to Know about EMV Credit Card Compliance – What You Need To Know!
New Laws Regarding Gasoline Nozzles – What You Need To Know!
Any Retailers Selling Diesel Read This Now – Call or email the office if you have any questions or want a copy of the regulation!
Please share with your members/retail gasoline dealer’s C.G.S. Sec.16a-15(e). We continue to find retail gasoline stations are not aware of this statute that went into effect January 2014:
C.G.S. Sec.16a-15(e) Each person shall publicly display and maintain on each pump or other dispensing device from which any diesel fuel intended as a fuel for motor boats or motor vehicles is sold by such person, the minimum cetane number for such diesel fuel.
Thanks for your support,
Supervisor Food & Standards Division
Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
GASDA Has Teamed Up With ATTABABY Jobs!
To Not Only Save You Time & Money, But To Get Government Funds For Training.
These are Vets Looking for Jobs!
Video of Executive Director Michael J. Fox on how can $6.00 Retail Gasoline Prices Happen As He Testified at Congressional Hearings on High Gasoline Prices
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