State Representative John Frey (R-111) reiterated his stance on state taxation today, maintaining that a sales tax increase is “still a tax increase” and he remains opposed to any attempts to raise taxes on Connecticut residents as a means to balance the state budget.
Although no date has been set, majority legislative leadership has indicated a preference to vote on their budget during the week of Sept. 11. House Democrats recently released a budget document that would raise the sales tax to 6.85% while reducing municipal and education aid. They also proposed to increase taxes by $50 million on motor vehicle fees, as well as taxes and fees on home heating oil, cigarettes, and prescription drugs, among other items. At the same time, Governor Malloy is still supporting his proposal to shift to municipalities the responsibility for one-third of the cost of the state’s annual contributions to the teachers’ pension fund.