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State Rep. Laura Devlin Opposes ‘Idea’ of Grocery Tax

Posted on January 30, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD- State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) today came out against the legislative concept of applying a state sales tax to groceries and non-prescription medicine.

The concept is under consideration by Gov. Ned Lamont, according to published news media reports.

Rep. Devlin said, “What I have heard repeatedly from those in my district is that the cost of living in Connecticut is becoming unbearable. In the last legislative session, with balance in the legislature, we were able to stop seventeen tax increases. That firewall is gone and already we’re seeing a quick rush to dig further into the pockets of our already overstretched residents. It’s time to make Connecticut more affordable, not reach for more of other people’s money.”

Groceries and non-prescription medicine are not subject to the 6.35% sales tax currently. The proposal would add both non-prescription medicine and groceries to the taxable items with the ‘promise’ to lower the overall sales tax.

Lamont’s review of sales tax exemptions comes as majority party Democrats are floating additional ways to collect more revenue for the state, including a statewide property tax and bringing tolls back to the state.