State Representative Selim Noujaim (R-74) today voted in favor of Connecticut’s taxpayers and against the majority party’s proposed budget.
The budget presented before the House raises taxes to historic levels; nearly $4 billion over the 2-year budget, increases state spending and stifles Connecticut’s economic recovery. The budget also counts on $2 billion in union concessions that have not yet been achieved by the Governor.
The Democrat budget passed the House by an 83 to 67 vote.
The sales tax will also be raised from 6 percent to 6.35 percent.
“Taxpayers and small businesses across Connecticut have reached out and asked us not to increase their taxes because they’re already overburdened,” Rep. Noujaim said. “Instead of finding ways to reduce state spending and reducing those burdens, the majority party voted to increase spending and raise taxes across the board. The only people who escape these tax increases are the ones who moved out of the state already.”
The Republican “No Tax Increase” budget fully funds municipal aide, utilizes enhanced medicaid fraud detection units to save roughly $224 million in wrongful payments, consolidates state agencies to save $46 million, rescues the state workforce through attrition and reduction in the 54,000- state payroll, doesn’t borrow for day-to-day state operations, and prepays more than $200 million in the state’s highest cost debt all without raising taxes.
To watch a video of the debate click here.