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News Junkie: House Dems’ budget hikes sales tax, modifies education distribution

HARTFORD, Conn. — House Democrats would hike the sales tax to 6.85 percent, and eliminate Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s controversial proposal to have cities and towns partially fund teacher’s retirement costs. That’s according to their latest budget proposal.

Malloy has already expressed his displeasure with any broad based tax increase, even though shifting teacher pension costs to municipalities would likely cause an increase in property taxes.

“My view is that we shouldn’t raise the sales tax to 6.85,” Malloy said Wednesday following the opening of the new University of Connecticut campus in downtown Hartford.

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One comment

Donna August 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

Fully legalize marijuana and tax it the way we do cigarettes and alcohol. Or tax the consumer directly rather than taxing the seller/distributor. Consider making I95 in CT a toll road. With new automated systems, cars entering and exiting can have their EZ passes or tags scanned and receive bills in the mail. Lower the corporate tax rate to encourage developement and business, thereby increasing the tax base. And by all means, find ways to reduce the size of state government so it doesn’t account for 40% of the budget. Whenever I see “contractual obligations” as a line item, it makes my blood boil, especially when people are given pay raises and other perks without performance reviews.

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