WOW! Ask Workers and Poor to Balance Budget

GOP asks far more of labor to offset eroding CT tax receipts

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House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, discusses the House Republicans’ proposed budget revisions.

House and Senate Republicans both called separately Tuesday for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to get an extra $650 million in concessions from unionized state employees to solve the growing budget crisis.

The proposals would boost the ask from unions from the nearly $1.57 billion target Malloy announced in February to about $2.2 billion.

That wasn’t the only solution the two Republican caucuses offered Tuesday to counter eroding income tax receipts that have dramatically worsened already formidable deficits in the next two-year budget.

House Republicans recommended:

  • Eliminating a sales tax revenue-sharing program with cities and towns;
  • Dramatically reducing the Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor

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