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State revenues slip, but tax panel was ready

A legislative panel not only recommended hefty tax increases to balance the next state budget, but also endorsed enough to run up more than $300 million in surpluses by 2017. The reason for doing that became apparent late Thursday when a new report downgraded how much revenue growth the state can count on in its new budget.
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A shorthand breakdown of the new state tax proposal

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers of the new revenue plan a legislative panel recommended Wednesday for the next two-year state budget. For those keeping score at home, here’s a rundown of the major points of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee’s plan. Continue Reading →

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Defying Malloy, legislators pitch a $1.8 billion revenue increase

A key legislative panel broke Wednesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by recommending a plan that bolsters state tax and fee receipts by more than $1.8 billion over the next two fiscal years, including more than $540 million in new income taxes on the wealthy and an overhaul of the sales tax. Continue Reading →

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Panel will consider plan to boost CT income taxes on the wealthy

The legislature’s tax-writing panel Wednesday will consider recommending an increase in income taxes on Connecticut’s wealthiest households, retroactive to Jan. 1, to help close the large deficit in the next budget, according to sources. The Democrat-controlled Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee also will consider significantly extending the sales tax to new goods and services as part of a plan to overhaul non-education municipal aid and limit local car taxes. Continue Reading →

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Mary Finnegan: Three decades as CT fiscal linchpin coming to an end

She might be the most important person in state government that you’ve never heard of. The caretaker of thousands of bills for the legislature’s finance committee, arguably the assembly’s most powerful. The possessor of a deep passion for her Irish heritage and the Boston Red Sox. Mary Finnegan announced last week it was all coming to an end – except for her love of all things Irish and the Sox. Continue Reading →

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