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GOP Senators: Cancel the Hearing on Tax Hikes in Connecticut

April 25, 2017 By Staff
GOP Senators: Cancel the Hearing on Tax Hikes in Connecticut

Two Republican leaders in the Connecticut State Senate asked Democrats to cancel a public hearing, set for Tuesday, on tax increases in the state.

On Monday, Senate Republican President Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and State Sen. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) wrote to legislative Democrats urging them to cancel a public hearing on tax increases in the state.

“High taxes and the fear of more taxation will continue to push people and businesses out of our state,” the senators wrote. “We ask that the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee reconsider going forward with this public hearing.”

The letter is addressed to State Sen. John Fonfara (D-Hartford) and State Rep. Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford).

Reclaim Connecticut previously reported on the sales and income tax hikes proposed by Democrats, several of which are scheduled to be considered at 11:30am on Tuesday in Hartford.

The proposals would raise the top income tax rate from 6.99 percent to 7.49 percent, and raise the sales tax from 6.35 percent to 6.99 percent.

“More significant tax increases at this time will not steady our state,” Fasano and Frantz wrote. “[T]hey will continue to do what we have seen occur over the last six years: push people out and leave more burdens for the middle and low income individuals left behind.”