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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Connecticut Shoots for #1

Which wonderful state of the fifty (50) wonderful states is the most taxed? The Constitution State, of course.

According to The Tax Foundation ( a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937) Connecticut leads the pack.
Interestingly, the top seven states on the list are all as blue as Paul Bunyan’s pet ox. Perhaps we should include “masochism” as one of the inclusive diversifications of the Left. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and Washington lead the list of the most taxed states.

Connecticut is a “blue” state through and through. We’re the State that sends second graders down to New York City to protest international investments affecting the rain forest. A simple trip to Wal-Mart usually includes a serpentine route around some card table disseminating the cause or complaint of the day, and if it feels good, provides a service, or employs workers, it’s usually taxed beyond recognition. Connecticut is the bluest of the blue. And, we’re headed for a darker shade.

This past general election, the democratic leadership solidified their hold on the General Assembly with, even, more vigor. As a result, the Liberals of the nutmeg state set the priorities in the budget. Guess what’s on the table in the immediate future.

You guessed it, more taxes.

Specifically, the Democratic Leadership of Connecticut, again, is eyeing an increase on gasoline taxes. According to the American Petroleum Institute Connecticut comes in a “pitiful” seventh place by only having 48.1% of every dollar paid for gasoline going to the state and federal coffers. Of course, the excise tax (Connecticut’s cut) is merely second to Wisconsin. Why be the runner-up when you can sit on top of the heap? And, for the record, of the top ten gasoline taxing states, the blues hold seven (7) of them despite being located on the coast and having the easiest port access.

Democratic House Speaker James Amann and Democratic President Pro Tem Donald Williams stated recently that “increases are possible in virtually every major state tax” so that Connecticut can accommodate a predicted $1.3 billion deficit. And, while the General Assembly Republicans have taken a position of not raising taxes, they are significantly outnumbered. Democrats, on the other hand, have not suggested cutting one program or grant to address the deficit. Instead, they are pushing to increase the HUSKY health insurance program for children, the ConnPACE prescription drug subsidy program for senior citizens, nursing homes, early childhood education, and financial aid for college students.

Up here in Connecticut we are a civil and caring folk, even if we aren’t too good at simple math. And we’re consistent as well. In 2002 and 2003 we bumped up taxes more than $925 million. Give us a little more time, and we’ll lead the country in every tax category there is.

Incidentally, we do have a "Republican" Governor you know. Of course, she's calling for $20 million in taxpayer funds to do stem cell research.

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