In his speech titled \u201cA Path Forward,\u201d Gov. Ned Lamont said on Wednesday, he was presenting a budget for FY 2020-21 \u201cwhich gives us the best chance to get this state growing again.\u201d \u201cIf we had grown jobs at the same rate as other states, we would be talking about how to invest our surplus or cut taxes,\u201d Lamont said. \u201cInstead we are staring down the barrel of a $3.7 billion dollar deficit over the new two-year budget cycle.\u201d He said he plans to put Connecticut on a \u201cdebt diet,\u201d and warned legislators not to come knocking for state dollars for projects. \u201cIf it is not tied to economic or workforce development, or cost-saving shared services, Connecticut is on a debt diet \u2013 and I am going to make sure we stick to that plan,\u201d he said. Lamont\u2019s budget proposals including cutting property taxes, instituting tolls, starting a paid family and medical leave program, alleviating the state\u2019s pension debt, economizing state government, and instituting 30 new sales taxes. \u201cThe fiscal crisis before us is not just a short-term hole in the budget,\u201d Lamont said. We are digging that hole deeper by $400-$500 million annually, due to fixed costs such as pensions, state employee healthcare and bonded debt \u2014 all growing faster than our economy. Most of these fixed costs pay for the past rather than investing in our future,\u201d he said. CLICK HERE: LAMONT'S BUDGET ADDRESS Local state legislators chimed in after the speech. \u201cThis is the start of the conversation,\u201d said State Sen. Will Haskell (D-26). \u201cI applaud Gov. Lamont for raising some very difficult issues in trying to move our state forward. Fixing Connecticut, revitalizing our economy, investing in the next generation and making sure this is an affordable state for everybody is going to require some outside-of-the-box thinking.\u201d Republican leaders were critical about Lamont\u2019s budget proposal. Bill Lalor, chair of Wilton\u2019s Republican Town Committee said it was \u201ceverything we expected and less.\u201d \u201cSome of it sounded sensible in broad strokes, but it's impossible to ignore the Governor's broken campaign promises on tolls, the new taxes and the other bad ideas that will continue to hurt small businesses, homeowners, taxpayers, schools, and so many other stakeholders in Wilton and elsewhere in Connecticut. It's almost as though Gov. Lamont is channeling Ronald Reagan: \u2018If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.\u2019 \u00a0All of which is a lot less funny for anyone dealing with the real, tangible consequences policies like this have had for our town,\u201d Lalor said. Although she is still reviewing the lengthy budget proposal, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) objected to a number of provisions. \u201cA lot of the revenue is coming from new taxes on people from all income levels,\u201d she said. New sales taxes Lamont is proposing 30 new sales taxes on items such as non-prescription drugs, dry cleaning, barber shops, hairdressers veterinarians, parking, and services such as lawyers, accountants, and interior design. He would also repeal sales tax exemptions on boat storage and vehicle trade-ins. There would also be new taxes \u201cmeant to influence behavior,\u201d Lavielle said, on items such as sugary beverages, plastic bags, and vaping liquids. \u201cThese new taxes are wildly obsessive and they hit everybody. It is disappointing to see so much of this budget concentrated on revenue solutions. We have to find a way to cut down government spending, in light of all these new taxes\u201d she said. On the positive side, Lavielle is pleased with the \u201cdebt diet\u201d proposal when it comes to reducing the state\u2019s bond authorizations, and the plan to completely eliminate the estate and gift tax, which was gradually being phased out. But those positive proposals were offset by a plan to eliminate the exemption on income from social security, which could encourage retirees to leave the state, according to Lavielle. \u201cPension and annuity income would be taxed more. We worked really hard to get those exemptions in the last budget, just to see them taken away. We need something to persuade retirees to stay here. Retirees have resources, pay property taxes, and help keep the state solid,\u201d Lavielle said. She was also concerned about a provision that would push a portion of the state\u2019s annual contribution to teachers\u2019 pensions to the towns. \u201cEveryone would see an increase in their property taxes because where else will towns get that money?\u201d she said. Regionalization There are also looming questions about mandatory school regionalization which is the subject of two house senate bills. In addition, Lavielle said, there is a Governor\u2019s bill on school regionalization which calls for a \u201cstudy.\u201d \u201cThere is anxiety that something that starts as a study can go forward and eventually become a bill,\u201d Lavielle said. Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, a Republican, said she is still reviewing the proposal to see how it impacts Wilton. \u201cOne immediate question is what would be the authority and the make up of the two proposed regionalization\/shared services committees \u2014 School Services and Redistricting Commission and Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations \u2014 as they could have a significant impact on how our schools and town government operate,\u201d she said. While Vanderslice supports voluntary shared services, she doesn\u2019t support mandatory ones. \u201cUnderstanding local differences is important. Last year, WestCOG hired a consultant to determine the possible benefits of regional assessors. The result was that it didn't make sense for our region, yet it is being forced in the Governor's budget proposal. Top down, one size fits all solutions are typically not the best approach, whether talking about the schools or town government," she said. Wilton state budget numbers The Governor's proposed budget contains the following state contributions regarding Wilton: Municipal Aid:FY 2019 Estimated: $857,776FY 2020 Recommended: $839,018FY 2021 Recommended: $839,018 Education Cost Sharing:FY 2019 Estimated: $463,179FY 2020 Recommended: $460,817FY 2021 Recommended: $459,754 Total Statutory Formula Aid:FY 2019 Estimated: $1,321,162FY 2020 Recommended: $1,300,032FY 2021 Recommended: $1,298,179 Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Contribution(Expense, not a contribution)FY 2020 Recommended: ($462,951)FY 2021 Recommended: ($956,038) firstname.lastname@example.org Editor's Note: This story was edited to add Wilton numbers from the proposed budget.