State Rep. Camillo Votes Against Democrats’ Budget, Tax Increases

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HARTFORD – On Tuesday, State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) voted against the Democrats’ proposed 2020-2021 biennial state budget. He was joined in his opposition by all members of the House Republican caucus along with five members of the majority party for a final vote of 86-65. The Senate adopted the budget a day later, also without a single Republican vote.

Republicans offered several amendments in an attempt to improve the budget bill and avoid what would inevitably become a new wave of taxes for the State of Connecticut. Unfortunately, each amendment was rejected. In total, taxes will increase by $1.75 billion over the next two years. Repayments on teacher pension obligations will be extended from 2032 to 2046, adding an additional $16 billion in liabilities to be paid by future generations. Additionally, the Democrats’ budget will expand taxes to interior design services, prepared foods (restaurants, grocery stores), digital downloads, safety apparel (helmets), rideshare (Uber/Lyft), and more. It also increases taxes on pass-through business entities ($50 million total over the biennium) and diverts money from Special Transportation.

“All the ’help’ majority Democrats have offered to workers this year, whether it be the $15/hour minimum wage or paid family and medical leave, will be drowned out by the new wave of taxes coming our way. A higher minimum wage means nothing when the cost to live and do business in Connecticut continues to outpace earnings,” said Rep. Camillo. “Whether it be the tax increases on small businesses or the expansion of the sales tax or the refinancing of our unfunded liabilities, we are simply kicking the can down the road and have done nothing to improve the state’s economy or create more jobs. Every time you see a ‘for sale’ sign on your neighbor’s lawn or a ‘going-out-of-business’ notice in the window of a local mom-and-pop shop, ask yourselves, ‘How did we get to this point?’ The answer – years of business-as-usual. In the end, we continue to be number one or two in the nation with regard to outmigration. Repeating the policies that have failed in the past and expecting a different outcome is not only beyond baffling, it is self-defeating.”

The General Assembly adjourns at midnight, June 5th, 2019.

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