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Tax Foundation faults Connecticut’s tax complexity for creating difficult business climate

Connecticut was ranked 43rd in the nation based on its tax structure by the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization.

During a presentation on their findings, Joe Henchman, one of the three authors of the study, noted that Connecticut’s tax policies have become unnecessarily burdensome. He notes that although Connecticut started off with an income tax with a relatively low rate “the state has piled complexity upon complexity,” into its tax code.

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Leaked draft bill seeks to regionalize municipal health departments

A leaked draft bill proposes to do away with municipal health departments and combine them into county districts, effectively regionalizing towns and cities in all matters related to public health.

The legislation would form county health districts and force suburban and rural towns into cost-sharing with cities. The draft plan requires each municipality to contribute 1.5 percent of their budget in order to receive state health funding and grants.

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Arbitrator sides with West Hartford in police union contract dispute

An independent arbitrator sided with the town of West Hartford last month in a dispute between the town and the police union over whether overtime pay can be included in pension calculations for officers who retire with 25 to 30 years of service.

The decision, issued on August 29, held that pensions for officers hired under the 2006 union contract would be calculated using “average base pay,” which excludes overtime compensation.

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