Shelton state reps blast Democratic state budget, call it ‘assault’ on middle class

Shelton state Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty voted against the state budget passed by the Democratic-led state legislature.

The two Republican legislators said the budget would increase state spending, raise taxes on the middle class, and hamper businesses across Connecticut.

The budget agreement was the result of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democrats, who control both the state House of Representatives and Senate.

The spending and tax package, which passed narrowly the House by a vote of 73-70 without a single Republican vote, would increase taxes by more than $1.5 billion, the two local legislators said.

The budget later passed the Senate and heads to the governor for his signature.

‘There is a limit’

“There is a limit to what taxpayers and businesses can endure to support the profligate spending this legislature is addicted to,” Perillo said. “We have heard from residents and from large employers around this state that this is too much.

“The governor asked for ‘shared sacrifice’ during his first term and ushered in a massive $1.8 billion tax increase, and instead of properly managing our state’s finances and making tough choices, he has come to the well again, essentially telling residents that they still don’t pay enough for government,” he said.

“By signing this budget, he will break the pledge he made last fall not to raise taxes,” Perillo said.

‘Destructive path’

“This budget continues Connecticut further and deeper down the destructive path it has been on,” McGorty said. “It doesn’t protect the middle class — it’s an assault on them.

“We demonstrated earlier in the session with our alternative budget proposal that there are other ways to balance the state’s budget, while bringing spending under control and not raising taxes,” he said.

‘”Today, the Democrats chose once again to pass the burden of bloated government to the working families of the state,” McGorty said.

Reduces the property tax credit

According to the two GOP lawmakers, the budget includes total income tax increases of $442.2 million over two years by increasing the tax rate on personal income, and reducing the property tax credit from $300 to $200 in the budget’s second year, which impacts every homeowner in the state and comes on the heels of a previous reduction from $500 to $300 in 2011.

Additionally, the budget also repeals the clothing and footwear exemption from the state sales tax, and maintains the state’s 6.35% sales tax despite earlier reports that rate would be reduced as an offset to the loss of the clothing exemption.

Of the $1.5 billion in new taxes, $475 million come from wiping out previously scheduled tax cuts for shoppers, businesses, insurance companies and the working poor before they had a chance to take effect, the legislators said.

They also said the budget would “bust through” the constitutional spending cap and underfunds debt service.

Shelton's state senator doesn't like the bill either; click below: