Reps. Rosa Rebimbas and David Labriola Call for Immediate Tax Relief for Connecticut Residents

Posted on April 21, 2022


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HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, and David Labriola, R-Oxford, joined their Republican colleagues in the House and Senate in calling for immediate tax relief for Connecticut residents.

Republican House and Senate members on Tuesday unveiled a $1.2 billion package of tax cuts to help Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families.

The proposal reduces the state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduces the state sales tax and eliminates the meals tax, extends the gas tax suspension, cuts the tax on diesel, expands property tax relief, eliminates the state’s new truck tax, accelerates the elimination of the income tax on pension and annuities, and reduces burdens on job creators.

The plan maintains a balanced budget while returning nearly $1 billion in inflation-related windfall revenue to Connecticut residents.

“We are seeing inflation at a 40-year high that has increased basic costs for our families, turning a trip to the grocery store or gas station into an expensive proposition that rips into the budgets of people who are already struggling in an overtaxed state,” said Rep. Rosa Rebimbas. “We need to use our state surplus to provide tax relief to overburdened families who are trying to make ends meet, instead of handing out raises and bonuses, which are unstainable, as the majority party continues to do.”

“Connecticut families surely deserve a break on their taxes, particularly at a time when we have a large budget surplus,” Rep. Labriola said. “The last thing we should do is recklessly spend our surplus. Instead, we must return this revenue to where it belongs – back into the hands of the people of this state.”

$1.2 Billion in Tax Relief

The CT Republican plan will:

  • Cut the income tax from 5% to 4% for individuals earning less than $75,000 and joint filers earning less than $175,000 annually.
  • Reduce the sales tax and eliminate the 1% meals tax through the end of the year.
  • Extend the gas tax suspension, scheduled to expire at the end of June, to the end of the year.
  • Expand the gas tax holiday to diesel.
  • Eliminate the highway use tax, a mileage tax on trucks that will increase the price of food and products transported by truck.
  • Eliminate the income tax on pension and annuities
  • Expand eligibility for the state’s property tax credit.
  • Reduce new tax burdens on job creators by helping to pay back the state’s federal loan to support the state’s unemployment trust fund, removing barriers to job creation.

More information about the plan can be found at www.affordableconnecticut.com

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