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Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Taxes

August 10, 2018 By Staff
Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Taxes

The fourth part in Reclaim Connecticut's eight-part series, examining where the Republican gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues facing primary voters.

On August 14, Connecticut Republicans will go to the polls to decide on a five-way primary for the Republican nomination for governor.

They can choose between party-endorsed Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), businessman Steve Obsitnik, businessman Bob Stefanowski, and businessman David Stemerman.

Reclaim Connecticut reached out to all five candidates with eight key questions facing Republican voters who go to the polls on August 14. We will post their answers in an eight-part series.

For part four, we focused on taxes. We asked the candidates to: “You have pledged to cut taxes. How do you do so in a way that doesn’t deepen the fiscal hole Connecticut is in?”

Here are their answers, in the order we received them.

DAVID STEMERMAN

“This is a key question that every voter should be asking each of the Republicans running in the Governor’s race. It’s not enough to claim you’re going to cut taxes – you need to explain how you’re going to pay for the tax cuts. Several of my opponents, including Mark Boughton and Bob Stefanowski, are pretending they’ll be able to eliminate the state income tax, which just isn’t true – I’ve run the numbers, and they do not add up. This tax accounts for half of our state’s tax receipts. I’m offering a detailed plan to slash the state personal income tax for all income brackets, and consolidate the number of tax brackets from seven to three – 0%/4%/5%; eliminate the Death Tax and the business entity tax, and much more that will bring jobs and families back to our state. My plan is detailed, it’s credible, and all the details are on my website, something none of my competitors can say.”

“I’ll only be able to provide tax relief with a governing majority of Republicans in Hartford, so a top priority of mine is to bring Republican legislators along with me to victory in November.”

BOB STEFANOWSKI

“As CEO of the State of Connecticut I will re-size government, renegotiate the sick employee SEBAC Agreement, reform entitlements, re-prioritize major projects and revitalize our cities. We will use the savings from these efforts to fund a tax cut and stimulate the economy.”

MARK BOUGHTON

Boughton referred us to his answers on other questions (which we’ll feature again on Monday):

“Unless we put an end to the cycle of tax increases followed by budget deficits which have led to more tax increases, we cannot accomplish any of our goals. We have to start by reducing the state income tax which will result in economic expansion. Cutting spending and rooting out fraud and wasteful government bureaucracy must go hand in hand with reducing taxes.”

“We simply borrow too much and put operating costs on the state’s credit cards. Our long-term pension obligations can be reduced by fashioning a plan similar to the one we put in place in Danbury that allows for voluntary buyouts of state pensions through lump-sum deals with employees and retirees.”

TIM HERBST

Herbst’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.

STEVE OBSITNIK

Obsitnik’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.