Opinion by Rep. Fred Camillo: Connecticut’s “Taxman”

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin

Let me tell you how it will be

There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Don’t ask me what I want it for
If you don’t want to pay some more
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

 Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me.

  – The Beatles

While John, Paul, George, and Ringo were singing about British Prime Minister Edward Heath in their anti-tax anthem of the 1960s, another familiar, more recent, and all too familiar name comes to mind when this song plays these days in the Nutmeg State.

Once again, the Malloy Administration, faced with the failures of past tax increases, is looking to businesses to pay even more in his most recent budget deficit proposal, an occurrence so common it would be funny if not so sad. Businesses and private citizens that rely on motor vehicles take a hit through a seven cent increase on the Gas Tax, a three dollar tire fee, and a specter of tolls every few miles looming on the horizon.

Businesses take a hit by being asked to support an employment tax through the unemployment administration.

Even the privatization of group homes, a positive step, can only save so much as the SEBAC agreement that passed along party lines prohibits termination of any employees for several more years.    

Public Safety takes a hit, too, as the school bus safety belt account will once again see money earmarked for this purpose being diverted to the General Fund. As an advocate who worked on establishing this fund in the past, as well as having recently, and successfully, lobbied the Town of Greenwich to equip buses with these safety belts, I believe this is a big mistake. Public health and public safety are two of the pillars of good government.

Lastly, a Republican concept that passed into law last year, designed to jumpstart our faltering cities by providing incentives to clean up Brownfields properties and enable them to get back on tax rolls, will be scrapped. This is a blow to the environment, business and, yes, labor interests.

While not surprised, I am nonetheless more determined than ever to work against continuous failing policies that are driving citizens out of our state at an alarming rate. Additionally, I will be working FOR reforms like the ones Connecticut Republicans were able to get into the budget last year. These reforms will pay dividends as our beautiful state tries to rebrand itself as a place once again known as a destination, rather than the place many are destined to leave.