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After Tax Cuts Pass, Boughton Calls Again for Elimination of State Income Tax

December 20, 2017 By Staff
After Tax Cuts Pass, Boughton Calls Again for Elimination of State Income Tax

Connecticut families and businesses are about to receive tax relief from Washington, and now Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), a possible gubernatorial candidate, wants relief at the state level.

On Wednesday, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) called again for Connecticut to eliminate the state income tax, on the same day national GOP figures provided tax relief for Connecticut families and businesses through their tax cut bill.

“Bi-partisan tax experts have said this tax cut will help a majority of working-class Americans save money on their taxes, and a state income tax will be one of the most harmful taxes a state can impose on its residents,” Boughton said. “We need a new direction and a new vision, which is why I have been advocating for the elimination of the state income tax for nearly a year.”

Boughton is exploring a run for governor.

In June, Reclaim Connecticut first reported the news that Boughton wants to eliminate the state income tax.

“We’ve gotta figure out a way that we can right-size state government, scale it down to what it oughta be, and figure out how to fund it,” the mayor said.

“The only time that the state of CT was excelling at economic development,” Boughton added, “was when we didn’t have an income tax.”

The average middle-income Connecticut family is projected to receive an $835 tax cut in 2018 as a result of the national GOP tax bill, which passed Wednesday with no votes from Connecticut’s congressional delegation.

Many would receive a tax cut worth thousands of dollars more if Boughton were successful in eliminating the state income tax.

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob Stefanowski, also called for eliminating the state income tax with a statement on Wednesday.

Boughton was the first 2018 gubernatorial candidate in Connecticut to call for the tax’s elimination.