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Tax big box stores, millionaire mansions, marijuana to close the budget deficit

Democratic legislative leaders have joined Gov. Dannel Malloy and the GOP in calling for across-the-board budget cuts to deal with the budget deficit. All sides are now calling for spending cuts. Advocates are bracing for cuts to mental health services, cuts to schools, cuts to job training, cuts to hospitals, cuts to transportation, and cuts to aid for cities that will put overstretched agencies and programs at risk of catastrophe. To seriously close the budget gap, we need to look at more than spending cuts. We must rejuvenate our cities as centers of industry so that our economy can grow and our budget is less reliant on Fairfield County.