Devlin slams mammoth tax hike plan

State Rep. Laura Devlin

State Rep. Laura Devlin

State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) on Wednesday, April 29 opposed massive tax hikes on Connecticut residents which will increase the income tax top rate, extend Connecticut’s sales tax to additional services, and authorize the gambling game of keno.

“I am astounded by this $1.8 billion dollar tax increase,” Rep. Devlin said. “Already shouldering the heaviest tax load of any state in the country, our Connecticut residents and businesses will face even higher taxes with this plan.”

Following are some highlights of the Democratic revenue package: The top marginal rate for the personal income tax would increase to 6.99% for single filers. A new 2% supplemental tax would be created on all capital gains income for single filers earning $500,000 and joint filers earning $1 million.

Although the sales tax would be lowered from 6.35% to 5.85% the tax would now apply to additional services, including engineering, veterinary, dry cleaning and laundry, golf courses, building inspection and accounting.

In voting ‘NO’ on this ‘historic’ tax increase, Representative Devlin added, “Connecticut residents already shoulder one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country; specifically in Fairfield County this proposed hike will only hurt our efforts to make Connecticut more attractive to out of state companies, and for in-state businesses that want to stay, and that means fewer new jobs for the people of Connecticut.”

On Monday, April 27 the Appropriations committee, voted to blow though the state constitutional spending cap with a two-year state budget that calls for an 8% spending increase.

Last week, the House Republicans proposed a balanced state budget the Blueprint for Prosperity <http://cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BlueprintProsperityLongForm.pdf>  which restored many of Governor Malloy’s cuts to social services, education, libraries, hospitals and more, included no new tax increases, and stayed within the state spending cap.

The Governor has said repeatedly over the last six months he will not support any new tax increases this year.

Below is the list of services that would now be subject to a sales tax:

• Offices of Certified Public Accountants

• Other Accounting Services

• Architectural Services

• Engineering Services

• Drafting Services

• Building Inspection Services

• Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services

• Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

• Interior Design Services

• Industrial Design Services

• Other Specialized Design Services

• Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

• Human Resources Consulting Services

• Marketing Consulting Services

• Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services

• Other Management Consulting Services

• Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

• Direct Mail Advertising

• Advertising Material Distribution Services

• Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling

• Translation and Interpretation Services

• Veterinary Services

• All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

• Other Gambling Industries

• Golf Courses and Country Clubs

• Drycleaning and Laundry Services

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