HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today reacted to the House Democratic budget proposal saying the massive tax increases it features would lead to even greater fiscal chaos in the state.
“It took the House Democrats eight months to come up with another $1 billion tax hike as the only means to solve the state’s financial crisis. These tax hikes will slam the middle class and further erode our quality of life in Connecticut,’’ Klarides said. “The Democrats want to continue down the path that has led us to the precipice of fiscal ruin.’’
Klarides noted that the proposal would increase taxes in the first year of the budget by $639 million and by $693 in the second. Everything from cigarettes to luxury items, prescription drugs, digital downloads will be taxes at higher rates and $50 million in motor vehicle fees are slapped on as well.
HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today reacted to the Governor’s proposed budget reductions, calling them punitive because the deepest cuts are targeted to towns and cities that have shown fiscal responsibility.
The Courant’s editorial writers, if they cared to, could look out a window in their Broad Street building and catch a glimpse of the Capitol complex. They might want to venture out once in a while and find out why the Democrat-controlled legislature has failed to produce a budget.
The approval of the SEBAC union concessions agreement July 31 without a single Republican vote further diminished the possibility of reining in state spending, trimming government programs changing the way Connecticut’s public sector is run or hedging against future multi-billion deficits such as the one we currently face.