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A Look at Who Pays Connecticut’s Income Tax

As Governor M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly seek to close the existing state budget deficit and adopt a balanced budget for the next fiscal biennium, various proposals call for increasing taxes on the affluent. Several groups argue the wealthy aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes. However, a new Yankee Institute study of who pays Connecticut’s state income tax reveals that the top 20 percent of Connecticut income earners – those who make more than $100,000 a year – already pay 80 percent of state income tax receipts.

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A Penance for Using Plastic

You’re sensitive to the environment. You reduce, reuse, and recycle. But to a group of radical environmentalists and state legislators, you are an ecological sinner if you carry your groceries home in a plastic bag. As penance, they want you to pay a “plastax” of 5 cents on every bag you use. This new tax should be rejected.

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Smart, Dumb, and Fraudulent School Technology Spending

As we enter the season in which many towns are voting on their budgets, more schools than ever are asking for increases to cover school technology spending. Some parents are delighted by the prospect of turning classrooms into “high tech” learning facilities, but not all experts are convinced. As far back as 2000, Stanford University education professor Larry Cuban compared the value of technology spending to “buying stocks that lose money year after year.”

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