To the Editors:
Some observers wonder why people in Connecticut are making such a fuss over toll proposals. After all, most of us pass through tolls regularly. They are part of everyday life in surrounding states so what is the big deal? Why are protests popping up all over?
An honest dialogue is needed on what could become one of the most costly tax increases for residents coming on the heels of historic increases in 2015 and 2011 that have people and jobs leaving.
Connecticut’s economy is an ecosystem. Everything is connected. Legislators should be asking how tolls and taxes taken as a whole will impact businesses and taxpayers. Any increases to the cost of living should be closely scrutinized, especially since Connecticut is one of the only states that has not recovered from the great recession and GDP growth is at 0.4%.
Tolls are commonplace. What is not commonplace is the sheer volume of Connecticut taxes other states don’t have:
- High income tax that does not allow deductibles.
- High car property taxes.
- Eight percent gross petroleum gas added to a high gas excise tax.
- Real estate conveyance tax.
- Gift and estate taxes.
- Social security and pension taxes.
- Luxury sales tax.
- High licensure fees.
- Highest property tax in the country.