GOP Budget Includes Tax Increase on Teachers

September 19, 2017

My first "little known fact" about the Republican budget:

Every Connecticut 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!

The sections (below) are so cleverly worded, that the word "teacher" never appears. You have to go to 10-183b in the Connecticut General Statutes to find out that it is teacher salary money that's being taken for the general fund! 

From the Republican budget:

Sec. 153. (Effective from passage) (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, one per cent of the amount of regular contributions required to be withheld during the period from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (7) of section 10-183b of the general statutes, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, two per cent of the amount of regular contributions required to be withheld during said fiscal year, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (7) of section 10-183b of the general statutes, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund.