State of Connecticut Archives: on Tax Reform


Prasad Srinivasan: Opposed tax increases; shrink size of government

Control taxes and spending to create a sustainable budget for today and the future
Source: 2018 CT Governor campaign website SrinivasanForGovernor.com Mar 11, 2017

Prasad Srinivasan: We must control taxes and spending

Connecticut needs a stable foundation for economic growth. This means we must control taxes and spending. We must address waste and fraud so that our hard-earned tax dollars are used efficiently to help those who need it. The state needs to partner with nonprofit agencies who can deliver top notch services with significant costs savings. Connecticut has forgotten Ronald Reagan's famous warning that more government doesn't solve problems, more government is the problem.
Source: 2018 CT Governor campaign website SrinivasanForGovernor.com Mar 11, 2017

Joe Visconti: Phase out sales tax, then tackle income and corporate tax

A sales tax is one of the most regressive forms of taxation, placing a disproportionate burden on lower income families.
Source: 2014 CT gubernatorial campaign website ViscontiForGovernor Nov 1, 2014

Joe Visconti: Phase out the estate tax for individuals

Our estate tax drives out the very people who hold tax-generating assets and wealth acquired over a lifetime. As governor, Joe plans to
  • Phase out the estate tax to provide seniors with the peace of mind that they can retire in Connecticut near their family and friends.
  • Implement a means tested freeze on local property taxes for seniors.
  • The state would offset this tax reduction with the additional tax revenue on the additional investments held in this state.
    Source: 2014 CT gubernatorial campaign website ViscontiForGovernor Nov 1, 2014

    David Walker: No retroactive tax increases; reduce relative tax burdens

    Connecticut has high tax burdens and has the latest Tax Freedom Date of any state in the union. The state relies too heavily on conventional taxes and has resorted to huge retroactive tax increases in recent years. We must not increase the overall level of taxation in Connecticut and we need to take steps to reduce relative tax burdens over time. To do so, Connecticut must engage in comprehensive tax reform that promotes growth and recognizes the economic and demographic realities in the state as well as the competitive challenges facing our state. This includes exploring user fees versus taxes, and considering privatization of activities that can be performed better and more cost-effectively by the non-profit or private sectors.
    Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, WalkerForCT.com Jul 2, 2014

    Linda McMahon: Economy is fragile; don't raise taxes in a recession

    McMahon confronted Blumenthal with his 1989 vote in the state Senate on an $850 million tax increase. "Let me remind you, when he was in the Legislature, one year he voted for an $850 million tax increase that affected middle-class Americans," said McMahon. "We're still paying for it today," said McMahon. "And he almost doubled state spending. We cannot afford another tax-and-spend senator in Washington. We can't afford you Mr. Blumenthal, we've had enough of you already."

    McMahon said Blumenthal would allow many of the Bush-era tax breaks to end with this year's calendar, to which Blumenthal replied that the nation's wealthiest don't need them and that he would focus on helping small businesses.

    McMahon said that the current economy is fragile. "I certainly want to say to everyone here that I believe that now in time of recession we should not raise taxes on anyone, certainly not on the middle class," she said.

    Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

    Linda McMahon: Don't raise taxes on anyone, including middle class

    Blumenthal said, "I would not hold the middle-income tax cut hostage to a tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent."

    McMahon, in rebuttal, reiterated her position on tax cuts: "We should not raise taxes on anyone, certainly not on the middle class," she said. She painted Blumenthal as a career politician who, as a state legislator, voted for a record tax increase. "I don't think we can send Mr. Blumenthal to Washington with his tax-and-spend philosophy," McMahon said.

    Source: Wilton Villager coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

    Richard Blumenthal: Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks

    McMahon confronted Blumenthal with his 1989 vote in the state Senate on an $850 million tax increase. Blumenthal defended his record in the General Assembly, which preceded his 20-year career as attorney general.

    "Let me remind you, when he was in the Legislature, one year he voted for an $850 million tax increase that affected middle-class Americans," said McMahon. "We're still paying for it today," said McMahon. "And he almost doubled state spending. We cannot afford another tax-and-spend senator in Washington. We can't afford you Mr. Blumenthal, we've had enough of you already."

    McMahon said Blumenthal would allow many of the Bush-era tax breaks to end with this year's calendar, to which Blumenthal replied that the nation's wealthiest don't need them and that he would focus on helping small businesses.

    "I certainly want to say to everyone here that I believe that now in time of recession we should not raise taxes on anyone, certainly not on the middle class," McMahon said.

    Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

    Richard Blumenthal: Don't hold middle-income tax cut hostage to wealthiest 2%

    Blumenthal said, "I would not hold the middle-income tax cut hostage to a tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent."

    McMahon, in rebuttal, reiterated her position on tax cuts: "We should not raise taxes on anyone, certainly not on the middle class," she said. She painted Blumenthal as a career politician who, as a state legislator, voted for a record tax increase. "I don't think we can send Mr. Blumenthal to Washington with his tax-and-spend philosophy," McMahon said.

    Source: Wilton Villager coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

    Linda McMahon: Make Bush tax cuts permanent or CT loses 8.500 jobs

    Q: Would you roll back the Bush-era tax cuts?

    BLUMENTHAL: I support extending tax cuts for the middle class. My opponent would vote against tax cuts for the middle class unless and until the wealthiest 2% get tax cuts too. I think that is wrong.

    McMAHON: I would make the current tax law permanent. Allowing the tax law to change as proposed would negatively affect our most successful small businesses and our seniors. It is estimated that $1.8 billion will leave the state and be in the hands of Washington politicians if the proposed tax increases go into effect. Only four states in the union will be hit harder than Connecticut. The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Connecticut, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income. From 2011 to 2020, the state of Connecticut would:

    Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

    Richard Blumenthal: Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong

    Q: Would you roll back the Bush-era tax cuts?

    BLUMENTHAL: I support extending tax cuts for the middle class. My opponent would vote against tax cuts for the middle class unless and until the wealthiest 2% get tax cuts too. I think that is wrong.

    McMAHON: I would make the current tax law permanent. Allowing the tax law to change as proposed would negatively affect our most successful small businesses and our seniors. It is estimated that $1.8 billion will leave the state and be in the hands of Washington politicians if the proposed tax increases go into effect. Only four states in the union will be hit harder than Connecticut. The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Connecticut, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income. From 2011 to 2020, the state of Connecticut would:

    Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

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