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Lavielle Says Emails Call Malloy Taxes Scary

State Rep. Gail Lavielle says she was getting negative reaction to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget address even as he was delivering it to the legislature. “I was receiving emails throughout the governor’s speech from constituents who told me they were very frightened by the increases in taxes,” Lavielle says in a video produced by Connecticut House Republicans.

The Democratic governor’s budget calls for increases in the sales and income tax and tax hikes that would affect middle-class families, the video says. The proposed tax increases would cost state residents $1.7 billion in each of the next two years, the largest increases in recent state history, Lavielle says.  “Basically, there is a tax on every single thing people pay for,” said Lavielle, who represents parts of Wilton and Norwalk. She singled out such items as dog grooming and haircuts.

Malloy ’s budget also calls for an additional $900 million in spending over the next two years at a time when the state faces a deficit of $3.5 billion, the GOP says. Republicans in the House of Representatives had hoped for cuts in spending.

What do you think of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax increases? How would they most affect you?

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