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Opinion: Feeding the beast: a very taxing problem for Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. – If you heard people were talking taxes at the Capitol, you’d probably shrug and figure it was par for the course. Politicians in Hartford are always scheming to take away more of our hard-earned cash to feed the beast. So whenever the General Assembly goes into session after the new year, it’s time to watch your wallet.

But now it appears that among just about every class and persuasion of people — save the public employee unions and the far left — there is an emerging consensus that our chief problem isn’t so much that we have too little revenue, but rather how we extract the revenue we collect and what we do with it once we have it.

At least that seems to be the consensus in the corridors of power in Hartford, where members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee aren’t calling for higher taxes — not yet anyway. Instead, the committee is expected in the next few weeks to embrace a comprehensive analysis of how the state separates taxpayers from their money.

Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan told the CT Mirror that lawmakers must focus on a tax policy that encourages job growth and economic development.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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  1. Casey Smith

    Instead, the committee is expected in the next few weeks to embrace a comprehensive analysis of how the state separates taxpayers from their money.
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    Be prepared to be shocked if and when that report is released to the public.
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    Right now, the Federal tax on a gallon of gas is 18.4¢ and the average State tax is an additional .24¢. My most recent gas purchase was up on Main Street at $3.71 per gallon. That means that the cost of the gallon of gas would come down to $3.29 per gallon. My last fill up was for 11 gallons, that would have shaved $4.62 off my cost. Since I usually fill up once a week, over the course of a year, that would add up to $240.24. And according to U.S.A. Today, Connecticut just had a recent hike of .7 cents per gallon.
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    That’s only the fuel tax for one vehicle. We have two. And the $240 does not take into account any local taxes imposed by the City of Norwalk.
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    The Federal Government tax on my cell phone is around $1.50 a month. That’s another $18.00 a year. A small amount for the convenience of having a cell phone, but it’s just one more “invisible tax” most people are not aware of.
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    We pay so many hundreds of dollars in hidden taxes, it’s unbelievable. A relative tracked the amount of sales tax she paid for one calendar year for every purchase back in the 80s when the CT sales tax was 5%. The final figure was well over $300.
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    Here’s hoping that Hartford will learn to live within its budget just like the rest of us have to do rather than raise the taxes yet again and see more people leaving for better areas with fewer taxes.

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