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Fiscal Panel’s Formula For Revitalizing CT Provokes Some Pushback

Fiscal Panel’s Formula For Revitalizing CT Provokes Some Pushback
CT Mirror, March 29, 2018
 
By Keith Phaneuf
 

Progressive Democrats in the General Assembly pushed back Friday against the state’s new fiscal stability panel, charging its recommendations shortchange key priorities, like poor cities, education and social services.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth conceded they were limited by severe time constraints. But co-chairs Robert Patricelli and Jim Smith also asserted the best way to invest in all of these priorities is to end the cycle of state budget deficits and jump-start a lagging economy.

The co-chairs participated Friday in a marathon public hearing in the Hall of the House, answering questions from members of four legislative committees: Appropriations; Commerce; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; and Planning and Development.

“I’m only seeing sacrifice from the same people over and over again,” said Rep. Robyn Porter D-New Haven, who charged the recommendations threaten to worsen an income inequality trend of historic proportions. “When do we strike a balance?”

According to several nationally recognized policy think-tanks, income inequality in the United States is at its most extreme since 1928, just before the stock market crash that launched the Great Depression. And New York and Connecticut spearhead that trend, with the wealthiest 1 percent of households in those states earning more than 40 times the average annual income of the bottom 99 percent.

The 14-member commission’s March 1 report featured a wide array of recommendations centered on a major redistribution of state taxes — primarily reducing income tax rates across the board while boosting the sales and corporation levies.

But because the wealthy pay the majority of state income taxes, they also would benefit disproportionately from a rate reduction.

Porter questioned why the commission says this and other tax changes that benefit the wealthy — such as eliminating tax on estates valued at more than $2 million — should occur right away, while a proposal to bolster the minimum wage to $15 per hour should be implemented gradually, taking until 2022.

“Why do we have to wait? Why do they get immediate relief and we get gradual relief?” she asked, adding that severe income inequality also strongly reinforces racial inequality.

Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, cited a 2014 state tax incidence report showing that Connecticut’s heavy reliance on property taxes to fund municipal government “is incredibly regressive” and shifts a huge burden onto lower-middle- and low-income households.

That report found households earning less than $48,000 per year effectively pay nearly one-quarter of their annual income to cover state and local taxes.

Rep. Brandon McGee, D-Hartford, vice chair of the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, said the committee’s recommendations failed to address the need for greater spending on programs to reintegrate prison inmates into the workforce.

He and Rep. Chris Soto, D-New London, both said the report lacks bold ideas on how to revitalize Connecticut’s poor urban centers.

“Frankly, you cannot have a conversation on fiscal sustainability and economic growth without having a conversation first” about these urban priorities, McGee said.

And Rep. Toni E. Walker, D-New Haven, House chair of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, said she fears a commission proposal to cut $1 billion from the state’s nearly $20 billion annual operating budget would inevitably reduce municipal aid — particularly to cities.

“Candidly, I would agree we came up a little short on the cities,” said Patricelli, a retired health care executive from Simsbury. He added that the high property tax rates in Hartford and other urban centers hinder economic growth. “They really are fighting with one or more hands tied behind their backs.”

Patricelli also noted the commission, created last October by the legislature and appointed earlier this winter, had just under 11 weeks to undertake a Herculean effort: Determine how to jump-start an economy that has underperformed since the last recession and is bogged down by massive state debt tied to cash-starved, public-sector pension programs?

Given those constraints, he said, the panel gave top priority to stabilizing a deficit-plagued state budget and altering a tax system that commission members believe hinders economic growth.

“Having a strong economy makes us able to make the kind of investments you would like to make,” Smith, who also is chairman and former CEO of Webster Bank, told Porter.

Patricelli also urged those critical of the report to consider that commission members tried to craft a package that might pass in a sharply divided, partisan legislature.

Democrats hold a slim 80 to 71 edge in the House while the Senate is split 18-18. Unless a plan reflects concerns from both sides of the aisle, he said, it has no chance for success.

“It does not not mean we don’t care about” income inequality, he told Porter. “If minimum wage were moved up faster, that would be fine with me. Can you get the votes?” 

Commission endorsements back to top

The commission has received endorsements from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and from the state’s association of Realtors. Both groups have said that while some of the commission’s proposals would be difficult to accept, they believe the overall plan would help Connecticut prosper.

The commission is trying to win legislative approval for a report that offers a broad array of strategies. Other proposals include:

  • Eliminating $750 million in tax credits and exemptions, most of which are aimed at consumers.
  • Ending collective bargaining for state employee benefits after the current contract expires in 2027.
  • Establishing electronic tolling on highways and raising gasoline taxes to fund a major transportation initiative.
  • Empowering municipal coalitions to add one-half of 1 percentage point to the sales tax rate to fund regional services and diversify local budgets that rely excessively on property taxes.
  • And building a major new college campus focused on science and engineering in a major Connecticut city.

Republican legislators also questioned portions of the report Friday.

Sen. Len Suzio of Meriden pushed back against tolls, questioning whether Connecticut needs to dramatically increase spending on transportation.

Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton questioned whether a regional sales tax surcharge would help urban centers or weaken their economies.

“Is that going to benefit you?” she asked Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, when he testified at the public hearing in favor of the commission’s plan.

“I don’t know if I’m all that comfortable with the regional tax plan,” he said, but added that Connecticut can’t afford to do nothing. “Any conversation at this point is a welcome conversation.”

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03/02/16 Cities and towns: don’t burden us with unfunded mandates
03/02/16 Towns Look To Fend Off Budget Cuts
03/01/16 Transportation Committee Debates Merits Of DMV Bill, Delinquent Motor Vehicle Taxes
02/29/16 First responders back broader PTSD coverage; Mayor O'Leary warns of bill's potential cost
02/29/16 More than 70 municipal leaders to assemble for CCM Day on the Hill on Tuesday, March 1 at the State Capitol; News conference set for 10:45 a.m. with state legislative Leaders
02/26/16 Legislators Nearing Deal On Cancer Coverage For Firefighters
02/22/16 Connecticut towns scramble as DMV lists thousands of vehicles in wrong municipalities
02/19/16 Berlin Saves Residents Over $70,000 From CCM Prescription Drug Discount Program
02/16/16 Firefighters' cancer compensation deal close, but far from a done deal
02/15/16 Firefighters, towns talk compromise on cancer bill
02/12/16 DMV is a car wreck, don’t blame towns
02/10/16 Governor, municipalities at odds over car tax and DMV
02/09/16 Speed DMV lines by shedding collection role; problematic for towns
02/05/16 CCM is working with Governor and Legislators to advance proposed state budget as it affects towns and cities
02/01/16 Big budget changes uncertain as lawmakers return to Capitol
02/01/16 Op-Ed --In Connecticut: We Must Become the Change We Want to See, by Joe DeLong CCM Executive Director
01/29/16 CCM reminds state leaders that unfinished business remains on three issues of concern to towns
01/20/16 OP-ED | What CCM Means by ‘Collaborating for the Common Good’
01/20/16 Municipal lobby wants to shed ‘special interest’ image
01/15/16 Video on CTN: CCM Capitol News Briefing on the Launch of Statewide Media Campaigns
01/14/16 Municipal Lobbying Group Launches TV Ad Campaign
01/13/16 CCM launches simultaneous media campaigns to advance public's understanding of state aid and property taxes and CCM's collaborative efforts for towns and residents
01/05/16 City seeks more energy efficient streetlights through partnership with CCM
12/28/15 Mayor Mark Boughton’s statewide stature to increase in 2016 as the president of the 158-member CCM
12/17/15 Danbury Mayor Boughton elected president of statewide municipalities group
12/17/15 CCM Report Highlights Regional Cooperation Efforts
12/17/15 CCM report stresses need for more regional cooperation
12/15/15 CCM Elects New Officers and Board of Directors for 2016; Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury Elected President
12/11/15 Norwich Bulletin -- Our View: Economic summit produced host of good ideas
12/10/15 End-Of-Session 'Christmas Tree' Bill No Way To Make Law
12/08/15 Economic summit makes key recommendations
12/08/15 Labor, Business, Municipalities Press For Reform Following Summit
12/08/15 Legislator Blasts Budget Implementer Process
12/08/15 Diverse Group of Stakeholders Reaches Consensus on Key Policy Areas
12/08/15 CCM, CBIA and Connecticut AFL-CIO Briefing on CTN to Release Economic Summit Report & Policy Proposals
12/07/15 OP-ED | State‘s Tax Panel Must Resolve Residents’ Biggest Tax Problem—The Property Tax
12/07/15 CCM, CBIA & CT AFL-CIO economic summit: report released on top summit findings
12/03/15 OP-ED | State‘s Tax Panel Must Resolve Residents’ Biggest Tax Problem—The Property Tax
11/16/15 2015 Project B.E.S.T. Summit
11/11/15 Over 175 key CT leaders to convene tomorrow Nov. 12- through Nov. 13 for first-ever economic summit
11/04/15 More than 100 key CT leaders to convene on Nov. 12- 13 for first-ever economic summit brainstormed by CCM, CBIA and CT AFL-CIO
09/01/15 Digital BackOffice to be lead business sponsor of the October 20 CCM Convention and Exposition
06/17/15 Over 80 municipal officials to assemble for June 18 CCM Annual Meeting; New CCM Executive Director to present first major address on the "New CCM" and legislative concerns with coming Special Session
06/12/15 Connecticut's local leaders call for more inclusion and transparency in the state budgeting process
06/01/15 Initial CCM statement in response to state budget agreement
05/29/15 CCM calls on General Assembly to quickly fix Senate Bill 1 to better deliver fiscal relief to hard-pressed property taxpayers and reduce municipal overreliance on the regressive property tax
05/26/15 Coalition unites to oppose new mega mandate for workers' comp; news conference set for Wed., May 27 at 11 a.m. at State Capitol
05/19/15 Enact a state budget that protects property taxpayers, Op-Ed by Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director
05/18/15 Click here to listen to CCM radio spot opposing cancer presumption mandate: "If we don't learn from the past, we are destined to repeat our mistakes..."
05/18/15 Click here to listen to CCM radio spot opposing cancer presumption mandate "Proponents are pushing two huge mandates that would unnecessarily cost towns millions..."
05/18/15 With major cancer presumption bill reaching critical stage, CCM begins airing radio messages calling on legislators to turn aside this costly unfunded state mandate
03/23/15 New federal data shows low-income students shortchanged for education funding; CCM points to overdependence on property taxes; $600 million underfunding of ECS grant
03/19/15 Special appropriations forum with municipal leaders on Governor proposed budget
03/10/15 Resident state trooper proposal would cost 29 towns $3.1 million; total for all towns would exceed $5 million
03/05/15 CCM says 70 towns and cities would receive less aid
03/03/15 CCM, poised for even greater success, names Joseph DeLong Executive Director
02/18/15 Proposed state budget would maintain overall state aid to towns and cities
02/03/15 CCM asserts: state's tax incidence study finds the property tax is most burdensome and regressive state-local tax on CT residents and businesses
01/28/15 CCM's initial response to DEEP's revised stormwater permit proposal for towns
01/15/15 CCM asserts: serious issues still remain after DEEP signals possible changes to proposed MS4 stormwater permit
01/05/15 CCM's 2015 state legislative priorities announced