News Junkie Opinion: House Dems win the ‘you tried’ award

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is a columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

A sales tax increase? It took you nearly three months of overtime to come up with this, House Democrats?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the legislature about the budget, which was due back at the beginning of June. But this week Democratic leaders in the House finally unveiled a new draft that, among other things, raises sales taxes and eliminates the offloading of parts of the teacher retirement fund to towns. It also restores some of the cuts in social services, education, labor, libraries, parks, and tourism in the governor’s budget proposal from way back in February.

I have no idea why it took this long. Apart from swapping the sales tax for the inevitable rise in property taxes that dumping a big chunk of the teacher retirement fund on towns would cause, it’s not that controversial. In most areas, this budget is the same as the governor’s budget. Out of 708 listed adjustments for fiscal year 2018, 66 percent of the House Democrats’ adjustments were identical to the governor’s.

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