GOP Budget Includes New Tax On Teachers

September 19, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

A “little known fact" about the Republican budget passed at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning:

It includes $1.8 billion in new revenue, more than the Democratic alternative - tax increases on the middle class, income tax hikes on the working poor, higher car taxes for Middletown families, taxes on hospitals - and a new tax on teachers.

Yes, that's right.

A tax increase on every public school teacher in the state. Every public school teacher has to contribute 1% of their salary for half of this year, and 2% of all of next year's salary to the state's general fund.

That revenue goes to pay for a huge funding shift to some of the wealthiest communities in the United States - our taxes will go up to pay for tax cuts for the richest in our state.

As budget negotiations continue, I want to be clear: There's no easy answer to a massive budget deficit. But taxing the middle class and working poor to give tax cuts to the rich is a bad deal for Middletown and a bad deal for Connecticut's working families.


Matt Lesser