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Budget Chief Won’t be Nailed Down on Taxes

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief spent the better part of three-and-a-half hours today playing verbal dodge ball with state legislators about his boss’ feelings about tax increases as a possible solution to the growing gap in state finances.

But Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes would only go so far as to reinforce Malloy’s already stated intention not to raise taxes—stopping well short of offering any pledge or guarantee.

Barnes also declined to commit on a myriad of other revenue-raising scenarios that some might argue are equal to a tax increase, while others might not.

“I have no intention” of raising taxes, Barnes told members of the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees as fiscal analysts outlined their projections for the current fiscal year and the next two. “I will not, I shall not, I do not wish to.”

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