Shelton state Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty voted Monday, June 3, against a two-year state budget, which was passed the state House of Representatives by a 86-65 vote and now awaits action by the Senate.

The pair state that the bill, crafted by Democrats, spends more money than the previous two-year budget and includes nearly $2 billion in tax increases. They then highlighted the following tax increases included in the budget:

• 1% increase in the sales tax on food and beverages at restaurants

•  A tax on motor-vehicle train-ins

• Increases the tax on ride-share services

• 10-cent tax on plastic bags

• Eliminates the sales tax exemption on digital downloads and dry cleaning services

“Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats failed to cut wasteful spending and passed a budget that asks taxpayers to pay more,” said Perillo. “This budget does nothing change the direction of Connecticut’s failing economy and only sends a message to taxpayers and businesses that their government is not listening to their concerns."

Perillo said state residents should all be concerned that more businesses and taxpayers will be leaving the state because they are "tired with the never-ending attack on their wallets.”

“What are we doing? That is what I hear from taxpayers and businesses in my district daily,” said McGorty. “Instead of passing a lean state budget with bold changes, we get a budget that taxes more and spends more. When are we going to stop this reckless way of governing? If we don’t change the tax and spend way of operating state government we will never see our state economy improve.”

Perillo and McGorty added that businesses will especially take a hit in the budget. The budget, while eliminating the business entity tax, increases business filing fees and changes the pass through entity tax, which will result in a $50 million tax increase.

In addition, the pair state that the Democrat budget short changes the Special Transportation Fund Short more than $150 million, resulting in less money going to fix roads, bridges and rail. The lawmakers believe this gimmick budget move by the majority party is the first step towards implementing tolls in Connecticut.