Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

January 4, 2022

Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) re: today’s press conference by CT Senate Republicans

“Our enacted state budget is already assisting Connecticut’s working families by increasing the state’s earned income tax credit, enhancing payments to cities and towns for public education, providing a substantial boost in grants through our Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILOT), and supporting social services upon which many families rely. Democrats have also built more progressivity into our tax code over the years.

“And of course any proposed tax cut has to be looked at in the context of the entire biennial state budget as well as its sustainability over the ensuing months and years.

“Democrats will be unveiling our own revenue proposals in the coming session, including a look at ways to reduce Connecticut’s onerous local property tax burden. Therefore, there will be a time for a comprehensive discussion of various revenue proposals and to closely examine questions such as who will benefit most and what Connecticut can afford in both the short-term and the long-term. I look forward to having that discussion with my Republican colleagues.”