Bipartisan concerns raised over Lamont's tax proposal

Published 02-27-2019

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Both Democrats and Republicans are raising concerns with Gov. Ned Lamont's proposed tax package.

Members of the General Assembly's Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee peppered Lamont's budget secretary, Melissa McCaw, with questions Wednesday about the Democratic governor's plan.

Lamont has generated worries from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about his plan to "modernize" the state's sales tax. He's proposed expanding the 6.35 percent levy to more goods and services.

McCaw says Lamont wants to "level the playing field" and make sure there's more equal tax treatment. But she stresses the governor is open to negotiating with lawmakers.

Members of both parties are raising concerns about how the tax will affect various industries, including boating and real estate. A lot of concern is also being voiced about the impact of tolls.

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