AN AFFORDABLE
CONNECTICUT

SUMMER 2022


RELIEF FOR WORKING &
MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

Kevin Kelly and Vincent Candelora

Connecticut families are struggling. From gas to food to energy, the costs of basic necessities are skyrocketing and people need help.

Watch the Senate and House Republican
Press Conference

CONNECTICUT FAMILIES NEED RELIEF

Connecticut is unaffordable and growing more unaffordable by the day. At the same time, Connecticut is overtaxing its residents. While state revenues surge because of inflation, household budgets are strained to the breaking point. We believe the overtaxation of CT residents must be returned to taxpayers.


During the 2022 legislative session, CT Republicans proposed a $1.2 billion tax relief plan that would have provided immediate, significant, and long-term tax relief to Connecticut's working- and middle-class families facing historic inflation.


Democrats voted against this tax relief package during the regular legislative session, instead opting for only short term rebates for a select few. Meanwhile, the pain has not stopped for CT families.

Since the state budget adjustment passed, state revenues have grown even further. As government gets richer, CT families are only experiencing more pain. They need further relief.

CT Republicans are calling for a special session to make Connecticut more affordable and deliver further tax relief – including relief from rising energy costs and cutting the income tax, sales tax, and taxes that drive up the prices of food.

RALLY FOR AN AFFORDABLE CONNECTICUT

JUNE 13: Torrington

4:30-5:30pm
Sunoco
1758 East Main St

JUNE 14: East Haven

4:30-5:30pm
Forbes Premium Fuel
81 Frontage Road

JUNE 15: Stratford

4:30-5:30pm
Wheels Gas Station
440 Lordship Blvd

JUNE 15: Wallingford

4:30-5:30pm
Mobil Gas Station
1001 North Colony Rd

JUNE 18: Newtown

9:00-11:00am
Blue Colony Diner
66 Churchill Rd

JUNE 21: Enfield

4:30-5:30pm
Corner of North Main St
& Enfield St

JUNE 22: Stamford

4:30-5:30pm
Stamford Government Center
888 Washington Blvd

JUNE 22: Cheshire

4:30-5:30pm
Bozzuto’s
1355 Highland Ave

JUNE 23: Wolcott

4:30-5:30pm
Nutmeg Farms
1520 Wolcott Road

JUNE 23: Trumbull

5:00-6:00pm
Intersection of Route 25
& Route 111

JUNE 24: East Lyme

5:00-6:00pm
Flanders Four Corners
Next To Walgreens

JUNE 25: Plainville

11:00am-Noon
Mobil Recharge Gas Station
136 East Main St

Connecticut is unaffordable and growing more unaffordable by the day

  • Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly

 

"The diesel fuel tax is expected to increase on July 1, and the consensus view is that it will drive prices for goods and services to a point that’s untenable for so many Connecticut residents. The Governor knows this. General Assembly Democrats know this. They should join us and take immediate action not only on this issue, but also on the looming Jan. 1 truck tax that everyone from farmers to food distributors say will wallop businesses and consumers alike. Connecticut residents need relief, and our combination of short and long-term solutions such as a targeted income tax reduction will give residents confidence that government finally recognizes the state’s affordability crisis.” 

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"The diesel fuel tax is expected to increase on July 1, and the consensus view is that it will drive prices for goods and services to a point that’s untenable for so many Connecticut residents. The Governor knows this. General Assembly Democrats know this. They should join us and take immediate action not only on this issue, but also on the looming Jan. 1 truck tax that everyone from farmers to food distributors say will wallop businesses and consumers alike. Connecticut residents need relief, and our combination of short and long-term solutions such as a targeted income tax reduction will give residents confidence that government finally recognizes the state’s affordability crisis.” 

The financial pressure residents feel now will soon grow more severe if we fail to act,

  • House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora

 

PROPOSED TAX RELIEF

Following the 2022 legislative session budget adjustments, Connecticut is projected to close its fiscal year with a $956.4 million surplus. Factoring in the state's revenue cap, this leaves $746.2 million in surplus funds available immediately to provide further tax relief.

The following tax relief can be provided to Connecticut's working and middle class residents immediately by using solely state surplus funds.

  • This tax relief can be provided without any budget cuts.
  • We can provide this relief and still contribute a historic $2.85 billion in additional funds to pay down on pension debt.
  • We can provide this relief and still preserve a record breaking $3.3 billion in the state budget reserve fund - the maximum amount allowed.

 

REDUCE INCOME TAX FOR WORKING- AND MIDDLE-CLASS

Lower the income tax rate from 5% to 4% for individuals earning less than $75,000 and joint filers earning less than $175,000 annually.

Total Tax Relief: $386.6 million

EXPAND GAS TAX HOLIDAY TO DIESEL

Eliminate the entire state excise tax on diesel through end of 2022.

Total Tax Relief: $60 million

ELIMINATE HIGHWAY USE TAX (TRUCK TAX)

Total Tax Relief: $45 million

REDUCE THE SALES TAX + ELIMINATE MEALS TAX

Suspend the 1% meals tax on prepared foods and reduce the sales tax from 6.35% to 5.99% through the end of calendar year 2022.

Total Tax Relief: $212.1 million

RELIEF FOR RISING ENERGY COSTS

Bolster assistance to families that need help paying for energy costs like heating oil.

Total Relief: $42.5 million

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THE NEED FOR AFFORDABILITY

RALLY WITH US!

Connecticut Republicans are calling for a special session to bring further relief to struggling families as they face historic inflation, and the state's coffers continue to grow.


We will be going across the state to share our proposals for an affordable Connecticut, including cutting the income tax, sales tax, and taxes that drive up the costs of food, including the diesel tax and new CT truck tax.

You can join us and demand action.