Fasano Statement on Governor’s Announced Sales Tax Plan: “Reducing one tax while reintroducing another could mean larger burdens”

February 16, 2015

Hartford – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven), Senate Minority Leader, released the following statement regarding Governor Malloy’s announcement made today on WFSB’s Face the State.

“A reduction in the sales tax is good news for Connecticut families. I applaud efforts to reduce the sales tax, but I also have a lot of questions for the governor.

“If the governor simultaneously ends other exemptions and eliminates the scheduled phase-out of other taxes on things like clothing under $50, taxpayers could see more taxes in the end. Reducing one tax while reintroducing another could mean larger burdens on families across the state. I hope that this is not the case.

“Connecticut needs a responsible budget from the governor, as well as comprehensive tax relief. Until we see a detailed plan it’s hard to measure the true impact of the governor’s announcement today.

“I will say this – I absolutely disagree with the governor when he says ‘our state is the land where a glass is perpetually half empty.’ We have a great state and our people are hard workers who believe the glass is half full.”