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Some CT Dems Propose a … Cell Phone Tax?

September 13, 2017 By Staff
Some CT Dems Propose a … Cell Phone Tax?

Connecticut's taxpayers already have one of the highest tax burdens in the U.S.

With no budget nearly three months into the fiscal year, state leaders are looking for new and creative ways to raise taxes. This time, it’s a proposed surcharge on cell phone bills:

One of the newest items up for discussion in the closed-door budget talks is a monthly surcharge on all cell phone bills at either $1 or 50 cents. A knowledgeable negotiator predicted Wednesday that the proposed $1 charge would be dropped to 50 cents or taken out of the package altogether before the overall deal is finalized.

Connecticut’s taxpayers already have one of the highest tax burdens in the United States, dead last in a 2017 Tax Foundation report:

The total tax burden borne by residents across states varies considerably due to differing tax policies and the progressivity of the federal tax system. This means that states with higher incomes and higher taxes celebrate Tax Freedom Day later: Connecticut (May 21), New Jersey (May 13), and New York (May 11). Residents of Mississippi bear the lowest average tax burden in 2017, with their Tax Freedom Day having arrived on April 5. Also early were Tennessee (April 7)

Mixed with the latest results of Connecticut’s toxic business climate, taxpayers can expect to one way or another pay more to the state.

State Democrats under Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) have already locked taxpayers in for a decade more of decadent union benefits, limiting any chance of meaningful spending reductions at the state level. Even cash-strapped cities like Hartford are scrapping for new revenue, charging the disabled for parking:

Starting last Friday, the city’s Parking Authority is charging even handicapped permit-holders for parking. The policy, while not prohibited by state statute, has angered some drivers who carry the placards.

State leaders have even been relentlessly trying to tax Connecticut’s gun owners, a politically cheap move even in the deep-blue “Constitution” state.