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2017 Budget: Taxpayers Nicked & Dimed to Death?

February 22, 2017 By Staff
2017 Budget: Taxpayers Nicked & Dimed to Death?

Translation? Connecticut's already-squeezed taxpayers will be paying more.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) released his budget earlier this month amidst a grim economic picture for Connecticut. Looking to tackle a $1.7 billion dollar deficit, new “revenue changes” are on the horizon. Translation? Connecticut’s already-squeezed taxpayers will be paying more.

Connecticut lawmakers are looking to tack on more, with a proposal out to tax your plastic shopping bags. Under the new proposal, you’d pay a nickel for every single plastic bag you use:

A new bill making its way through the Connecticut General Assembly would require a five cent tax on shopping bags for consumers. According to the language in Committee Bill 6313, the purpose is to “establish a tax for single-use carry out plastic and paper bags, use funds from such tax for environmental purposes and encourage consumers to use reusable bags.”

Malloy, for his part, is hoping for small budget boost by increasing the bottle deposit you pay to 10 cents:

The return rate of deposit bottles and cans has steadily declined to the point that fewer than half make it back to supermarkets, package stores and redemption centers. But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to raise the nickel surcharge to 10 cents. It’s not really an environmental initiative, which was the point of the original 1980 law. Now it’s about added revenue from those consumers who don’t retrieve cash for their empty beer, soda and flavored-water bottles

These efforts are on top of a proposed 428 percent hike in gun permit fees, a proposed increase the antique car assessment cap on classic cars, increasing taxes on cigarettes, and talks of a mileage tax. The simple fact is increased fees, adjusted taxes, and revenues enhancements all mean the same thing: Connecticut’s taxpayers will pay more.