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Posted inMoney, Politics

Federal tax changes further polarize debate over state income tax

Now that Congress has passed a massive federal tax overhaul, political observers here agree it could have a chilling effect on future proposals to raise the Connecticut income tax — even 14 months from now when a huge deficit looms in state finances. But liberals and conservatives were split over whether this is a good thing, as huge pressures are projected to test state finances in unprecedented fashion in the coming years.

Posted inCities & Towns, Money

Coventry town manager Elsesser: Connecticut should consider the commercial activities tax

John A. Elsesser, longtime Coventry town manager, has been one of the leading figures in municipal government for nearly four decades. He understands the varied and intensifying fiscal pressures facing Connecticut and its municipalities, recognizes the need to raise revenue; and sees one possible way to do it fairly — a commercial activities tax.