A controversial bill that would force nonprofit groups to disclose their donors to the government may come a vote in the House of Representatives as early as Tuesday. House Bill 5589 is being pushed heavily by House Speaker Joe Arerisimowicz, D-Berlin, who has made the donor disclosure bill a priority this session.
The Connecticut state agency that handles claims of employment and housing discrimination received almost as many complaints in 2016 as its counterpart in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has nearly double Connecticut's population but only 15 percent more discrimination claims raising questions as to whether Connecticut is simply more litigious or if the policies at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities are encouraging more claims.
Buried in a bill to raise taxes on bed & breakfasts and implement yet another motor vehicle registration fee is a provision to raise the income tax on Connecticut’s top earners from 6.99 percent to 7.49 percent. Senate Bill 1054 would impose a retroactive tax on individuals, families and owners of small businesses who earn $500,000 or more.
Connecticut remains dead last in the nation for the Tax Foundation’s annual Tax Freedom Day report, which calculates when the residents of each state have collectively made enough money to pay all their tax bills. For Connecticut that day is May 21, one full week later than New Jersey and ten days later than New York.
Highway tolls may soon return to Connecticut’s borders as lawmakers search for additional money to fund transportation costs. Facing projected deficits to Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund, the finance, revenue and bonding committee heard testimony Monday on a bill to install electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways.