Connecticut officials: extend commuter tax break

New Haven (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp are calling on Congress to extend a federal tax benefit for commuters who use public transportation.

Blumenthal and Harp scheduled a news conference Monday morning in New Haven with rail and environmental advocates to discuss how the expiration of the commuter mass transit benefit affects state residents.

The benefit is among a package of 55 popular tax breaks that Congress let expire last week. The House and Senate are reconvening Monday.

Blumenthal and Harp say the expiration of the tax break will cost public transit users up to $1,000 a year. When the benefit ended Dec. 31, the amount commuters can set aside to pay for their public transit costs before taxes decreased from $245 a month to $130.

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