Statement by Carol Platt Liebau, president of Yankee Institute:
"As Connecticut's economic vitality bleeds away, it's unacceptable that the leadership of the majority party proposes yet another tax increase -- just another dose of the same medicine that's gotten us into this condition. What we need are common-sense reforms to control state employee pension and healthcare costs, not an attempt to balance a largely 'status quo' budget on the backs of Connecticut families. As Governor Malloy pointed out last year, tax increases haven’t worked in the past. There's no reason to think they'll work now. In fact, such a drastic increase to the sales tax will only make Connecticut an even less affordable place to live, work, and raise a family -- and it will only make our current problems worse."