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Monday, April 28, 2014

Malloy Gives Up on Tax Rebate, Citing Declining Revenues

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Citing declining state revenue projections, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today gave up on two of his biggest re-election year budget initiatives: a $55-per-person rebate and a supplemental payment into the state employees’ pension fund.

“We do not anticipate enough revenue to provide a tax refund or to make a supplemental pension payment, as we had hoped in January,” Benjamin Barnes, who oversees the budget as secretary of policy and management, wrote in a letter sent today to legislators.

Nonpartisan legislative analysts reported Friday that based on state income tax returns to date, income tax revenues for this fiscal year were expected to fall $330 million short. That also likely means expected income tax receipts for the next budget, which begins July 1, must be lowered, possibly by several hundred millions of dollars.

Meeting with Capitol reporters at midday, Malloy tried to put the best political face on his fiscal woes. He noted that sales-tax revenue and income-tax withholding are meeting or exceeding projections, indications that his retreat is not a sign of a weakening economy.

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After raising state income taxes the most in the states history, and to almost anyone, this Governor is now saying we will fall short of HIS tax revenue projections.  Governor Malloy has given away hundreds of millions of dollars of our money to allow the continuation of using overtime for pension calculations, he has given away hundreds of millions to firms like the biggest hedge fund in the US (also billionaires) so they can move from Westport to stamford, and now we are short?  We have one of the worst economies in the US, the 4th worst state for taxes and one of the worst for job growth—he now needs to be held accountable.  Time for change or our children will be paying the huge cost for his lack of leadership.

Posted by Bart Shuldman on April 29, 2014 at 04:06 AM | #