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Reality Check After Election 2017: High Cost of Living, Taxes Still Top Concerns

November 8, 2017 By Staff
Reality Check After Election 2017: High Cost of Living, Taxes Still Top Concerns

Democrats made some gains in 2017 municipal elections, and are celebrating on Wednesday. It doesn't change the fact, though, that Connecticut residents are concerned about high costs and high taxes.

Connecticut Democrats are feeling good on Wednesday, having flipped several towns from GOP to Democratic control in Tuesday night’s municipal elections.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was among the most active pols on Twitter, calling it a “BIG night for Democrats in Connecticut.”

Murphy also sought to share in the credit, claiming his “crew at Fight Back CT” was responsible for some of the wins.

Not included in yesterday’s victory dance by Connecticut Democrats was any self-reflection on the policies Connecticut voters have rejected for eight years.

A recent Sacred Heart University (SHU) poll found:

  • 93.7 percent of residents are “very” or “somewhat” concerned with the high cost of living in Connecticut
  • 90.9 percent of residents are “very” or “somewhat” concerned with the high overall tax burden in Connecticut

Also of concern? High energy costs and large pension obligations in the state.

If Democrats don’t pay attention to these concerns, they could find themselves on the losing end of 2018 elections, when the state will elect a new governor, legislature, and more.