Sen. Hwang Applauds Bipartisan Approval of Republican Budget Proposal

September 15, 2017

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Sen. Hwang Applauds Bipartisan Approval of Republican Budget Proposal

State Senator Tony Hwang on Sep. 15 applauded the Connecticut State Senate’s bipartisan approval of the Republican budget proposal.

Three Democratic lawmakers joined Republicans in voting for the amended state budget, which passed by a vote of 21 to 15.

The amended budget now goes to the state House of Representatives for a vote

“Our plan moves Connecticut in a new direction,” Sen. Hwang said. “We want to generate a predictable, sustainable and transparent ecosystem where Connecticut businesses can thrive and grow. We can do it with no new taxes.  Time is of the essence to protect our schools, our communities and our most vulnerable and at-risk residents.”

The Republican proposal contains:

  • No new tax on cell phones
  • No real estate conveyance tax hike
  • No sales tax hike
  • No tax hike on restaurants
  • No property tax hikes
  • No income tax hikes
  • No tolls or mileage taxes
  • No home heating oil and propane energy taxes.
  • No new tax on “seasonal” homes

The plan:

  • Reduces taxes for retirees
  • Restores funding for local education
  • Restores funding for core social services for our neediest residents
  • Provides property tax and educational funding stability for towns and cities
  • Makes structural budgetary changes, such as an enforceable state spending cap, requiring voting on state labor contracts and an effective bond cap
  • Prioritizes progress to upgrade and innovate our transportation infrastructure.

(Budget Details Attached)

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Final Republican Budget

*Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  He serves as Co-Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Housing Committee. He can be reached at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov or 800-842-1421. On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com.