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EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Boughton on the Budget: CT “Cannot Keep Doing the Same Thing”

January 26, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Boughton on the Budget: CT “Cannot Keep Doing the Same Thing”

In exclusive comments to Reclaim Connecticut, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) discussed a new proposal for Connecticut's budget from cities and towns.

On Wednesday, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) released a “sweeping financial plan” to address the state’s budget crisis.

The plan has two main elements: 1) an increase (from 6.35 percent to 7 percent) and broadening (cancelling exemptions) of the sales tax, and 2) changes to collective bargaining that make it harder for unions to demand pay increases for muncipal employees.

Representatives from CCM said the plan would reduce the burdens placed on Connecticut cities and towns by cuts in aid at the state level and an “over-reliance” on property taxes.

Mayor Mark Boughton, a candidate for statewide office and last year’s president of CCM, talked to Reclaim Connecticut about the deal on Wednesday.

Boughton said that, while he doesn’t support tax increases, the CCM proposal “serves as a starting point for a much broader conversation.”

“This approach was modeled on what successful states like Florida and Texas have already done,” Boughton said. “I don’t support increasing taxes, but I will say that if this report is implemented property taxes could be lowered all over the state. In Danbury alone, residents would save 16%. Those are real savings for the people of Connecticut.”

Boughton also said the “point” of the proposal is simple: “Connecticut cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again.”