taxes

Johnathon Henninger

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers in the Connecticut General Assembly released their plan for adjustments to the State’s two-year budget they passed last year.

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The Long Island Power Authority wants to reduce the property taxes it pays on four Long Island power plants. However, that doesn’t mean customers would see immediate savings on their energy bills.

Johnathon Henninger

After years of being in the red, the state of Connecticut now has a surplus of more than $1 billion because of higher than expected income tax collections since the beginning of the year. Democrats and Republicans have different ideas about what to do with the money.

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The Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives have pledged to push through a bill that would provide more state assistance to eastern Connecticut homeowners facing the problem of crumbling foundations. They say the bill will be voted on before the legislative session ends in three weeks.  

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Not everybody enjoys paying taxes. Some citizens regard them as a kind of legalized robbery. They agree with Tom Paine who said, when income tax was introduced in 1792, “What at first was plunder has assumed the softer name of revenue.” Just as medieval kings brutally robbed their citizens to finance their wars and comfortable lifestyles, so the democratic monarchs of the present age have found less violent means to the same ends. The extreme anti-tax position embraces a kind of anarchy in which central government ceases to exist, and only the fittest survive.

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