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STATE SENATOR

Carlo Leone

Integrity & Collaboration

Despite Their Rhetoric, Republican Budget Raises Taxes and Fees Over a Billion Dollars

Connecticut's future depends on smart investments in our economy and a strong education system.

Over the past several months, Senate Democrats have been working diligently to pass a state budget that invests in Connecticut's future and makes honest spending cuts and structural changes to pay down past debts.

Unfortunately, despite their repeated false claims, the Republicans passed a state budget that they introduced at the last minute and never fully read or vetted. This budget:

Raises Taxes and Fees Over a Billion Dollars

  • Raises taxes on people who own a home
  • Raises taxes on people who own a car
  • Raises taxes on 44,000 teachers an average of $1,500 per year
  • Raises taxes on 200,000 low- to moderate-income working people
  • Raises taxes on hospitals
  • Raises taxes on businesses
  • Raises taxes on sports fans and concert goers
  • Raises taxes on homebuyers
  • BUT cuts taxes for the super-rich

Makes Devastating Cuts to Education, Jobs Programs and Local Institutions

  • Decimates UConn with an unprecedented cut of $309 million that will dramatically increase costs to students and could shut down academic departments, local branches, and some Division I sports
  • Cuts funding and scholarship opportunities to public and private colleges, including UConn Stamford
  • Ends funding for manufacturers to train workers and provide new jobs
  • Eliminates the Small Business Express program which has helped hundreds of Connecticut small businesses, including local companies like:
    • Women's Business Development Council, Stamford
    • Circulent, LLC, Darien
    • Eastern Land Management, Stamford
  • Kills green jobs and stifles an emerging market by taking $46 million from the Connecticut Green Bank and other clean energy and environmental initiatives
  • Puts dark money and lobbyist money back into Connecticut politics by eliminating the Citizens Election Program
  • Dismantles tourism districts hurting a critical economic driver for the state
  • Robs the state pension fund

I have been and am still committed to doing what is right for this state. That is why I am ready to work together with my colleagues to pass a budget that does not hurt our residents, devastate our higher education system, or rely on unrealistic savings.

Sign Our Petition

Please sign our petition, and call the Governor at 1-800-406-1527 to tell him to veto this Republican budget and stand with me against these devastating cuts and tax increases. Together we can build a stronger future for Connecticut.