(photo) Sen. Kissel: “Income tax relief was a priority for CT Republicans.”

December 21, 2023

For Immediate Release

Sen. John A. Kissel(R-Enfield) today issued the following statement on how the balanced budget that provides historic tax relief, increases school aid, and supports municipalities while abiding by the state’s bipartisan fiscal guardrails takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

“While I would have preferred less spending and more tax relief, this budget offers plenty of positives for the residents of north-central Connecticut. It provides the first state income tax cuts in three decades, and those tax cuts will ease burdens for working and middle class families.  That income tax relief was a priority for Connecticut Republicans.

“The budget boosts aid to schools and towns, which also was our priority and is good news for students, parents, teachers and property taxpayers. It maintains the bipartisan spending caps and budgetary guardrails that Republicans pushed to implement back in 2017. Those limitations on our government spending have helped create our current surplus, improve our credit rating and reduce debt. Spending discipline has led us to a point where we are cutting people’s taxes, and if we stay disciplined and keep our spending in check, we can reduce taxes even further in the future.”

On May 10, Senate Republicans proposed a ‘$1.5 Billion Back’ state budget plan which represented the largest income tax and property tax cuts in state history. That plan was not passed by the full state legislature.

*State Senator John A. Kissel, a Chief Deputy Senate Republican Leader, is currently serving his 16th term representing Connecticut’s 7th Senate District, which includes East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and parts of Ellington, Granby and Windsor.