Rep. Perillo votes against Democratic budget plan with tax hikes

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton voted Thursday against what he called “a massive tax increase” proposed by legislative Democrats. The plan was offered by majority Democrats on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Perillo, a Republican, opposed the two-year $40.6 billion plan that he said would increase taxes by $1.13 billion in fiscal year 2016 and $709.3 million in fiscal year 2017.

The new proposal follows the $1.5 billion tax increase passed four years ago soon after Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took office, with the support of legislative Democrats.

“Recently, Gov. Malloy said he didn’t think the legislature had an appetite for a tax increase,” Perillo said about the new budget plan with the tax hikes. “That clearly wasn’t the case. Make no mistake, this budget will hurt virtually everyone in Connecticut.

“It is a further increase in taxes on hard-working families, places increased burdens on employers which will further erode our anemic economic recovery, and continues our state down the destructive fiscal path it has traveled for the past four years,” Perillo said.

Perillo: Would hurt middle class

Perillo said despite claims that the Democrat’s new budget is aimed at the wealthy, it would negatively impact the middle class.

“When you eliminate the sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear under $50, you aren’t hitting high-income people, you’re hurting people of modest means,” he said.

In addition, Perillo joined Republican leaders and members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee in calling for public hearings on the $1.7 billion in tax changes that the public have never been given an opportunity to speak on.

Last week, Perillo and other state House and Senate Republicans unveiled what they call a “Blueprint for Prosperity,” a budget alternative they say would not raise taxes, is balanced, and would restore funds to social service programs.

Perillo represents the 113th District that covers more than half of Shelton. He was first elected in 2007.
— as edited by Brad Durrell of the Shelton Herald