Quote of the Day

“What tax increases would you support?”

Sen. Andrew McDonald to Joseph Brennan of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, during a contentious hearing on Monday. Brennan, who was there to oppose tax increases, apparently did not have a ready answer.

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7 responses to “Quote of the Day

  1. Joe Brennan, and CBIA as a whole, are completely ineffectual and ill prepared. That being said, he should have turned the tables on McDonald and asked him what tax increases he would be pushing.

  2. The Gov’s budget is a scam. It only deals with a third of the problem, wit 2/3 being assumed. One third is expected fed handouts (which have already been reduced for Ct.) in the as yet unpassed bailout, and one third being union givebacks which cannot be assumed. The legislature will go along with it because they can’t deal with it. Then here is next year when the deficit will double again. We are balancing the budget on the back of bottle bill receipts – give me a break. No new taxes – DMV fees are to be doubled along with every other fee they can get their hands on.
    This isn’t going to be soloved by only looking at the spending side.

  3. The Gov’s budget is a scam. It only deals with a third of the problem…..

    Uh huh, ok sure.

    Let’s see something even vaguely rational from your side of the aisle.

    Seriously – why aren’t we considering some clever high speed toll implimentation?
    20 bucks to cross the whole state on I-95 sounds about right; and we can allow CT taxpayers some sort of credit at something higher than 100% back so our income taxpayers (regardless of where they live) actually make out ahead for a change.

    Gosh – that would be simply awful wouldn’t it?
    Imagine whacking New Yorkers 20 bucks a pop as they drive through Connecticut, clogging our roads and trying their best to not spend a single dime here.

    Why don’t we take advantage of the lowest interest rates in years and do some serious highway construction that will actually serve us well for a century or so, and bond it?

    That would create jobs (union jobs no-less!) right now, and we’ll have to do something about I-95 at some point anyway.
    If not now, when?
    Shall we wait instead for the double-digit inflation our current actions will most surely cause in the future?

    Why don’t we jack DMV registration fees and dump the property tax on cars while we’re at it?
    Picking up a few million on the spread wouldn’t be too difficult and it would be an easy sell that Governor Rell might even support too.

    City dwellers, usually the hardest hit by a car tax would love it.

    Only people that brand expensive cars would get hit very hard; and they must all be Republicans living in Greenwich anyway – so where’s the harm?

    I would think Democrats would be warm to such a notion, in fact the whole concept plays right into the Democratic core constituency.
    But noooo – not a word out of any of them.

    So while you wish to take issue with the Governors’ plan, your own party can’t even introduce the obvious issues that they should be so as to care for their own base.

    They’re failing to do their job for the very citizens that elected them.

    I can see why you might be upset; but it shouldn’t be at the Governor.

  4. SUNSET SPENDING! Rally round the flag boys!!

    Let’s see…$20 to cross the state: Tolls abandoned 20 years ago were found to be hopelessly unfair to Fairfield county besides being in conflict with Federal Highway funding. Without Rt 84 and 395, it just ain’?t fair … Jack up DMV reg fees…They are already being doubled in the budget, wanna go for quadrupling?…

    We may have to go back to the 50’s and 60’s when they gave welfare recipients one way bus tickets to Florida. They did the same to us, and recipients figured out that getting a free ticket to Fl. in the fall and then getting a return ticket from Fl. in April was a pretty good deal. That was welfare back then.

    Back to reality (Current). With so many depending on programs we can’t afford, hows ’bout a waffle. Start id’ing programs that have to go, and give them 24 months to close. It ain’t pretty, but it’s better than cutting them now.

    In the meantime, send a specific assessment to every citizen, hopefully to be deducted from fedeeral taxes….Now that’s a deal…

  5. Taxes already paid by the average patriotic American:

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IR S Interest Charges IRS Penalties (a two story tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Sales Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    Why didn’t someone ask McDonald to list 4 ways to cut spending?

  6. And a little poem about the above taxes:

    Tax his land, Tax his bed, and Tax the table at which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, and teach him taxes are the rule.

    Tax his work; Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, and Tax his coat!

    Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, and Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, and Tax him if he tries to think.

    Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries, tax his tears.

    Tax his car, Tax his gas, and Find other ways to tax his ass.

    Tax all he has then let him know you won’t be done till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers, then tax him more; Tax him till he’s good and sore.

    Tax his coffin, Tax his grave, and Tax the sod in which he’s laid.

    Put these words upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’

    When he’s gone, Do not relax, its time to apply the inheritance tax.

  7. Let’s see…$20 to cross the state: Tolls abandoned 20 years

    Toll Passes did not exist when we got rid of the Toll Booths; and we wouldn’t need many now either.

    ….were found to be hopelessly unfair to Fairfield county

    Unfair?
    Spend say 100 bucks for an annual CT only pass and get 120 off your CT income taxes?

    Without Rt 84 and 395

    Who said we shouldn’t put them on other highways?

    Jack up DMV reg fees…They are already being doubled in the budget, wanna go for quadrupling?…

    Okay – but we’ll need to scale as other states do so we can afford to reimburse the cities and towns for the property tax they’re not going to have to collect anymore.

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