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Fighting for the change we need to create jobs, reduce the cost of doing business, and make life more affordable in Connecticut

Senator Boucher knows that Connecticut families and businesses have the highest combined taxes in the country. They have sacrificed enough. That’s why she voted against the largest tax increase in the history of the state and proposed a balanced “no tax increase” alternative budget.

“We are losing too many jobs, young people and retirees to tax friendly states. We need to enact policies that will reverse this trend and revitalize Connecticut.”

Real change starts by electing those with the courage and will to make the difficult decisions that will restore Connecticut jobs and revive our economy.

We need to get people back to work by creating an environment where jobs can grow, families can thrive and seniors can stay in their homes.

In response to a historic,retroactive tax increase and increased state spending of over 7%, the alternative “no tax increase” budget would have:

  • Cut $1.5 billion in new state spending
  • Rescind 77 tax and fee increases since 2011
  • Saved $46 million in state agency consolidations
  • Preserved Education and Municipal Aid
  • Fully restored the $500 property tax credit
  • Streamlined state government and reduced the state employee workforce jobs,
  • Reformed state employee pension and retirement plans to address the worst in the nation unfunded liabilities

There is a direct link between tax policy and job growth. Connecticut has not added one net new private sector job since the enactment of the state income tax in 1991. Yet, state government employment grew 14%, while population remained flat.

Since this chart was created, the unemployment rate has risen to 9% in Connecticut

State spending grew 52% since 1991 and unlike other states, increased 7.2% in just the last two years.

A healthy profitable business sector can provide jobs for our graduates and increase state revenues. We need to help Connecticut employers create jobs by increasing demand for goods and services, reducing the cost of doing business, and reducing red tape. State government needs to support business success, not punish it.

Government should be an advocate for businesses and consumers by:

  • Reducing taxes (on income, sales, pensions, energy, cars, real estate, and inheritance/gifts) to increase disposable income
  • Reducing state spending, debt and unfunded liabilities to build consumer and business confidence