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House Passes Highway Usage Tax On Large Commercial Trucks

Jun 8, 2021

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved a new highway usage tax on large commercial trucks Tuesday to bolster Connecticut’s ongoing rebuild of its transportation network.

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The extended income tax deadline is coming up next Monday, May 17. Tax filers this year will have to grapple with pandemic-related complexities like how to handle those federal stimulus payments. Accountant Angel Li of Glastonbury-based firm FML says the only slightly confusing scenario here is if those stimulus payments never came. Speaking on All Things Considered, Li also gave advice on the tax implications of 2020 unemployment payments, as well as how to take advantage of the new federal child tax credit.

CT Finance Panel Approves Tax Cuts For Poor And Middle Class, Restaurant Bailout

Apr 22, 2021
Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, led push to adopt new child tax credit within the state income tax

The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved state income tax cuts Thursday for the poor and middle class and a one-time bailout for restaurants, largely funding them with two tax surcharges on the wealthy and a new levy on digital media ads.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a one-sentence unsigned order, declined former President Donald Trump's request to further delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's financial records. Monday's order paves the way for a New York grand jury to obtain the records and review them.

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As municipalities across Connecticut continue to cut expenses to accommodate pandemic-related burdens, many are calling on the state legislature to provide much-needed assistance -- assistance they say has been owing for some time. 

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The General Assembly session is getting interesting, as lawmakers trot out their proposals. But this year does not resemble a normal session.  COVID-19 rules keep lawmakers at arms length from each other, and from lobbyists and the public. 

Today we talk to House Speaker Matt Ritter about how much lawmakers will be able to get done.  Are they doing the right thing by extending the governor’s emergency powers?  And is now the time to start phasing out a religious exemption to school vaccination requirements?

Westport is one of the nation’s wealthiest towns, with mansions like this one overlooking Long Island Sound.
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Connecticut’s tax fairness debate took another leap forward recently when the Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat proposed new taxes on high-value homes and on the capital gains of the state’s highest earners.

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Tax filers who qualify for free tax prep may not be able to get in-person help this filing season because of pandemic restrictions.

A school bus drives by the state Capitol.
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Three years have passed since lawmakers celebrated passing a budget that aimed to narrow the vast disparities in school spending by ZIP code by funneling millions more each year to struggling districts.

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A New York Times investigation published on Sunday said that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes each year in 2016 and 2017, which the president denied at a news conference using a familiar retort: "fake news."

The Times cites Trump's long-sought-after tax returns, further reporting that he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years as Trump reported massive losses to his businesses.

Volunteer Bernie Grant stands in the parking lot of the Naugatuck Senior Center where he meets the people he will be filing taxes for through the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
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The Naugatuck Senior Center closed on March 13 because of the pandemic -- and with it, VITA, or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Bernie Grant, who’s been the volunteer site coordinator in Naugatuck for 13 years, had hoped the senior center would open back up in short order.

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There are just over 10 million cases of coronavirus globally and almost 500,000 deaths. U.S. deaths recently rose to 125,000.

Yet, the Trump Administration continues to downplay the seriousness of this pandemic. The White House Coronavirus Task Force met Friday for the first time in two months, with Vice-President Pence acknowledging the surge in several states but insisting, "We're in a much better place," than we were two months ago. 

Auditors Fault DECD's Handling Of Loans and Grants

Mar 4, 2020
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

State auditors reported Wednesday that the state Department of Community and Economic Development ignored or misinterpreted state law in administering millions in grants and loans during the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The legislature’s bipartisan Auditors of Public Accounts highlighted grants to two unidentified companies: one that received $16 million, when it was eligible for $10 million; and another that was granted $20 million, when it qualified for $10 million.

Carmen Baskauf / Connecticut Public Radio

It’s tax season. Filing taxes can be a complicated and intimidating process. And ProPublica has found that big names in e-filing, like TurboTax, are actually making it more difficult for Americans to file easily and free of charge. This hour, we talk with a reporter behind the investigation, and find out whether you can file your taxes for free.

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A state bill that would levy a 35% excise tax on ammunition purchases drew a large crowd at a public hearing at the state Capitol Thursday. 

An Effort In Connecticut To End The Economic Border Wars

Jan 29, 2020
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Can the states agree to mutually disarm when it comes to the billions of dollars in economic incentives that are spent annually coaxing companies to move, expand or sometimes merely stay put?

State lawmakers said Tuesday it is worth trying to find out. They are filing legislation directing Connecticut to join a nascent effort to develop an interstate compact banning company-specific incentives that are essential to corporate border wars.

CT Voices Proposes Major State Tax Shift To Reverse Inequality

Jan 15, 2020
Chion Wolf / WNPR

A leading child advocacy group challenged state leaders Wednesday to reverse escalating income and wealth inequality and provide tax relief for up to 90% of Connecticut by shifting tax burdens onto the state’s millionaires.

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Tax season is upon us, and for low- and moderate-income filers, free help is at hand. 

VITA sites will spring up beginning this week at libraries, community centers and schools around the state. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and it’s just what it sounds like: volunteer preparers, trained by the IRS, who will do your taxes on the spot -- for free.

Connecticut Legislature Approves Hospital Settlement And Restaurant Law

Dec 18, 2019
Chion Wolf / WNPR

The General Assembly unanimously voted in special session Wednesday to accept the settlement of a high-stakes lawsuit in which the hospital industry claimed billions in damages from a complex taxing scheme that increased federal Medicaid reimbursements for the state without producing new revenue for the hospitals.

Hospitals To Receive $1.8 B To Settle Provider Tax Lawsuit Against Conn.

Dec 6, 2019
CT Mirror

Connecticut hospitals will receive $1.8 billion in state and federal funds between now and 2026 to resolve a lawsuit that could have cost the state as much as $4 billion, according to details released Thursday by Gov. Ned Lamont.

The agreement includes a one-time payment of $79 million to the industry, along with steadily declining taxes on hospitals — and increasing state payments to facilities — between now and 2026.

Debunking Connecticut's Enduring Tax Myth

Nov 21, 2019
Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

It was one of the talking points casually employed last week by Patrick Sasser, a leader of the No Tolls CT movement: Why should anyone believe a suggestion by Gov. Ned Lamont that the tolls he was seeking could be temporary, when that was how the income tax was sold in 1991?

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That whole debate about tolls was getting so old.

Now, we get to talk about the new debate at the capitol - over rotisserie chicken! Yes, a plan to tax more prepared food - which already faced opposition - was rolled out by the Lamont administration in a way that he’s already walking back. Way more food items faced a higher tax than anyone expected.

Lamont: Prepared Food Tax Hike Will Be Narrowed In Scope

Sep 17, 2019
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Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday he expects the new sales tax surcharge on prepared foods will be scaled back — and applied to a narrower range of items — before it takes effect on Oct. 1.

Senate Dems Say Tax Officials Inflated Prepared Foods Levy

Sep 17, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk and Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-Haven.
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Senate Democrats backed away Monday from the new sales tax surcharge on prepared foods, saying Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration made it far broader in scope than lawmakers intended.

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Certain items bought at the grocery store will soon cost a little extra. The state is due to make an extra penny on every dollar spent on prepared food items under a meals tax that will take effect on October 1. 

CT GOP: 'Restaurant Tax' Has Exploded Into A Broad Hike On Groceries

Sep 13, 2019
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Shoppers will pay a higher sales tax rate on far more than restaurant meals when a new 1% surcharge kicks in on Oct. 1, Republican lawmakers charged Thursday.

The extra penny will come on each dollar spent on popsicles and other frozen treats, doughnuts and bagels, pizza slices, hot dogs, smoothies, power bars, a hot bag of popcorn, and even pre-packaged bags of lettuce and spinach, according to written guidance prepared for grocery stores and other retailers by the Department of Revenue Services. 

Hartford's Exorbitant Commercial Property Tax Curbs Economic Growth

Jun 30, 2019
Greg Bordonaro / Hartford Business Journal

When D&D Market closed its Franklin Avenue storefront in Sept. 2016, Hartford lost more than a landmark small business.

The third-generation family grocer, caterer and purveyor of fresh foods traces its Capital City roots back to 1932, when present-day owner Daniel D’Aprile’s grandfather opened a bustling market that became a mainstay on one of Hartford’s most vibrant small-business corridors.

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For all the recent attention bestowed on Democratic Party progressives, there's new evidence so-called centrists aren't going to just fade away.

Not with former Vice President Joe Biden taking a commanding early lead over the many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls running to his left. National polls released Tuesday cast Biden well ahead of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others vying for the party's nomination.

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Monday was the deadline for Americans to file their 2018 tax returns, and it was also a day for many to commiserate about paying those taxes, particularly as changes to the tax code are now being realized.

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High rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic health conditions have doctors supporting local, state and national policies on reducing the amount of sugary beverages that kids drink.