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Opinion: Wine, taxes, and power tools in equine dentistry – a look at proposed bills

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.

The new session of the legislature is off and running, and with it has come the usual blizzard of proposed bills by members. This year’s initial crop is the usual mix of the good, the bad, and the weird.

There are themes that keep popping up every session, like repealing certain taxes or programs. For example, there are always a number of bills aimed at curtailing or entirely eliminating the Citizens Election Program, the public campaign financing system that’s been in place for the last few elections. Rep. Brenda Kupchick, R-Fairfield, wants to slash grants by half or more in HB 5350, while Rep. Mike Alberts, R-Woodstock, wants to save money by not funding unopposed candidates with HB 5353. Slashing grants is a bad idea, but not handing out state money to unopposed candidates makes sense.

Taxes are another theme. HB 5338, sponsored by Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, is one of several trying to eliminate income tax on Social Security. This would definitely help senior citizens, though there’s little indication of where the money will come from. Fairfield Republican Rep. Laura Devlin’s HB 5292 and others want to repeal the much-disliked business entity tax; this decent idea comes up every session but never happens.

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