State Republican responds to Democrat budget

As noted in posts earlier, state Democrats from the state of Connecticut along with Governor M Jodi Rell (R) are going all in with tax increases and increased fees. On Friday, Jim posted about increased taxes and the elimination of tax-exempt status for some items. On March 31, Steve pulled specific details about increased fees across the board for every state application and permit.

The Connecticut House Republicans have released a five minute video providing a recap. You hear from Rep. Larry Cafero and Rep. Rosa Rebimbas.


We also have a letter from Cafero sent to constituents. So, what are you doing about it? You can also find more information at the Official House Republican Blog.

The Democratic budget is bad news for the taxpayers and citizens of Connecticut. We were all quite disappointed on April 2nd to learn that it took the Democrats three-fifths of the legislative session to produce a budget that raises taxes by $3.3 billion, increases spending and borrows hundreds of millions of dollars from our children. There was no effort to reduce the size of state government or achieve any savings.
The Democratic budget makes it a lot more expensive to live, work, drive, own property or a business or pass away in Connecticut.  And forget streamlining the functions of government: Despite a multi-billion dollar deficit, the Democrats actually proposed increasing the size of government in an attempt to somehow make it smaller. Their budget calls for hiring three additional state workers for a total of $200,000, plus benefits, for their brand new Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes.
The tax and spending plan has already been approved by the Appropriations and Finance committees without any Republican support and now heads to the House and Senate.  In the coming weeks the public will learn just how destructive this proposal is:
  • $3.3 billion in new taxes. The Democrats try to call it a “millionaire’s tax’’ but anyone making $132,500 would be hit with a 20-percent tax hike;
  • No effort was made to streamline state agencies or have consolidations as Republicans have proposed;
  • All couples earning $46,725 will lose their $500 property tax credit beginning next year;
  • Dozens of items and services previously exempt would now fall under the state’s 6 percent sales tax, from accounting services to manufacturing equipment to incontinence pads in order to help close the deficit and balance the budget.
  • There is a 30 percent surcharge on corporations and a 30 percent increase in the estate tax.
Republicans were shut of the process and the Democrats crafted the plan in secret. Despite all this, we remain willing to work together on behalf of all of Connecticut.  The fiscal crisis we find ourselves in must be fixed but fixed in a responsible manner.
Thanks for your time, I appreciate it.
Larry Cafero
House Republican Leader

Memo to Catholics: Game Not Over

(Posted by Tom Hynes)

The outcry from Catholics all across the county at the Democrats thinly veiled attempt to reorganize the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Connecticut continues to produce blow back.

Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven) and Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford) have been quickly trying to distance themselves from a bill and lay all the blame on a group of Darien parishioners … but the Republicans won’t let go and they shouldn’t. This e-mail from House Republican leader Larry Cafero arrived this afternoon. Fair warning.

This afternoon I joined Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) in presenting unified opposition to SB 1098 …

The bill, which was introduced by the Judiciary Committee Co-Chairs, Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven) and Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford), would take financial control of parishes to boards of directors, taking away the clergy’s ability to direct the use of funds. The measure applies only to Roman Catholic Churches.  This bill infringes on religious rights and is unconstitutional.

Yesterday Lawlor and McDonald took great pains to distance themselves from the proposed bill, saying they were asked to introduce the measure by a group of Catholic parishioners from Darien who had been victims of financial malfeasance by a member of the clergy.

Today news circulated around the capitol that the public hearing originally scheduled for tomorrow on the bill was suddenly cancelled.
House Republicans feel that the people who are impacted by this bill still deserve a chance to be heard on it.  That is why tomorrow at noon in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building they will hold a hearing on the proposal.  Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Rep. Larry Cafero

Here’s video of the Republicans today.


Update (Jim): I would like to welcome Tom as a new contributor to Radioviceonline.