Signs point to a lean budget proposal from Gov. Ned Lamont, even though he’s talked about having “the wind at our back” in an economic sense, the state having benefited from higher than expected tax revenues coming from high income earners doing well on Wall Street.

State Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney sees things a bit differently. The state’s second most powerful Democrat sees a disconnect between the stock market and the reality of most peoples’ lives in Connecticut, and as Keith Phaneuf reported, he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to help struggling cities, towns, and residents.

How much in taxes, and who pays? Those are the questions I asked Looney in our budget preview conversation earlier this week. We also discuss Lamont’s hard line against tax increases, as well as a few ways lawmakers might look to raise revenue this year — legal marijuana and sports betting.

And, we address something that came up in Mark Pazniokas’ Mirror story about the relationship between Lamont and legislators — how a governor who hasn’t had to deal with dealmaking for the better part of year will work with the General Assembly.

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.

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