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.