To income tax: Happy 20th!

It was 20 years ago today that the Connecticut General Asembly ended a long fiscal crisis by narrowly approving a budget that included a broad-based tax on wages.

Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr., a Republican-turned-independent, vetoed three so-called conventional tax packages, all of which he branded as laden with gimmicks.

He finally prevailed with a new tax structure that imposed a tax on wages, while cutting the sales tax and the taxes on interest and investment income.