Revenue Options are Key to Addressing Budget Shortfalls and Supporting Thriving Communities

January 2017

Revenue Options are Key to Addressing Budget Shortfalls and Supporting Thriving Communities

Long-term investments in children and families have been the cornerstone of the state’s prosperity. To preserve these investments and support long term economic health, a balanced approach to the upcoming biennial budget must include new resources.

The report finds three challenges with the current revenue system:

  1. Income tax collections on corporate profits in Connecticut have dropped from 13.2 percent of general fund revenues in 1991 to less than 4 percent of overall tax collections in 2015, mainly because of the growth of business tax credits and tax avoidance.
  2. Sales tax revenue decreased from nearly a third (31.9 percent) of total general fund revenue to a quarter (25.2 percent) in 2015 as a result of a failure to keep laws up to date with an economy that consumes far more services than it did 40 years ago.
  3. The overall state and local tax yields an effective tax rate that is higher for low-income than for wealthy taxpayers - increasing wealth disparity in a state already ranked third in terms of income and wealth inequality. READ MORE

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