Gov. Dannel Malloy called on state legislature to approve electronic tolls for Connecticut’s highways, a 7 cent increase in the gasoline tax and a three dollar tax on tires in an effort to increase revenue to the state’s Special Transportation Fund.
Gov. Dannel Malloy released a plan Wednesday to close a $208 million state deficit this year by offering a combination of cuts to social service programs and tax increases on cigarettes, hotels, and the state sales tax.
Connecticut’s bond commission just approved another $1 billion in general obligation bonds to be issued for schools, capital projects and tax credits to businesses, but beginning in 2018 the state will begin to issue a new type of bond. Included in the bipartisan budget package was a provision to issue new revenue bonds tied directly to Connecticut’s income tax, which the Treasurer’s office described as “stable and strong.”
Newly released data from the Internal Revenue Service shows a record loss of high-income tax filers and their families in 2015 following the state’s second largest tax increase. A total of $2.6 billion in adjusted gross income was lost to other states as Connecticut experienced a net loss of roughly 20,179 residents.
There are only a few states that generally rank lower than Connecticut in terms of fiscal stability and outlook and New Jersey is usually one of them. Like Connecticut, New Jersey is saddled with high taxes, major pension problems and fiscal mismanagement, but a new study released by the Garden State Initiative uses Connecticut’s history of raising taxes to solve those problems as a “cautionary tale."
Connecticut slid backwards in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of states based on their business tax climate. Connecticut ranked 44th in the nation - one ranking lower than last year - and far behind Massachusetts, which ranked 22nd in the nation. Connecticut, however, did beat out New York and New Jersey.