Governor and Representative Hold Office Hours Tonight

One week after the Governor proposed his state budget, which includes billions of dollars in proposed tax increases and requests for union concessions, he and State Representative Rob Sampson will hold local office hours today. Any resident is invited to attend. The Wolcott Republican Town Committee will also be meeting tonight at 7 pm. Any registered Republican may attend.

State Representative Sampson will be at Town Hall from 5 pm – 7 pm today to listen to any resident with a concern or input on any legislation.

Governor Malloy will be at Torrington’s City Hall today from 7 – 8 pm taking input from voters on his budget proposal. Anyone is welcome.

Some of the details on Malloy’s budget include:

Overall spending will increase from last year by 1.8% for 2011-2012 and 2.4% for 2012-2013 (about $900 million)

Among his proposals are the taxes we pay everyday. They include:

– Raising the income tax from 5% to 5.5% for the average family
– Raising the sales tax from 6% to 6.25%
Raising the gas tax by 3 cents and diesel by 4 cents
– raising all alcohol taxes- raising cigarette tax by 40 cents/pack
– eliminate the $500 property tax credit
eliminate numerous sales tax exemptions, including: clothing under $50, pet grooming, towing services, shoes, hair cuts, yoga, manicures, and car washes
– Start a rental car tax -2%
– Increase hotel tax to 14%
– Services will be taxed at PRE-COUPON rates
– There will be no more sales tax free week in August


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