CTNJ/Opinion: Groundhog Day, budget edition

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Guess what? Your property taxes are going up — probably by a lot!

Yes, it’s time for a new state budget and there is yet another massive deficit to plug. And, as usual, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has come up with some sure-to-be-hated idea about how to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. The governor outlined his plans in his biennial budget speech, which he delivered in front of the General Assembly in Hartford on Wednesday.

The governor is counting on a mix of tax increases, spending cuts, and unspecified “labor savings” to fill the $3.6 billion deficit. The tax hikes are the easy part, believe it or not. One of these is yet another hike in cigarette taxes, which is one of the few ways the state has to raise revenue that a ton of people won’t complain about. Another proposed tax hike is the elimination of the $200 property tax credit for middle-income families, which is a lot harder to sell. Still, could be worse, right?

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