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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tough Times in the Nutmeg State

The wealthiest state in the U.S. is having trouble collecting enough money to pay its bills, and the Democratic governor doesn’t think taxing the rich is the answer anymore.

After two decades of robust growth, Connecticut forecasts it will come in $400 million short in income-tax collections this fiscal year, worsening a budget crisis that has prompted all three major ratings firms recently to downgrade the state’s credit rating. Connecticut’s budget office estimates that income-tax collections will fall in fiscal 2017 for the first time since the recession.

About $200 million of the drop in receipts came from the state’s closely watched top 100 earners, who are the source of an outsize proportion of the state’s revenue. Many of the state’s richest residents work for hedge funds, which have been hurt by a downturn in the industry.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has twice before bet that taxing the wealthy would help solve the state’s fiscal problems. But neither increase resulted in sustained revenue growth, according to his administration, which says it would be a mistake to do it a third time.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The liberal states will continue to struggle as citizens flee to free states.

Anonymous said...

Connecticut’s budget office estimates that income-tax collections will fall in fiscal 2017 for the first time since the recession.


Keep forcing the narrative what unemployment is low, when income tax collections are below the depression (because that;s what it was).

Anonymous said...

Sanctuary state

Anonymous said...

The middle class (what's left of it) will shoulder the bill as the 1%ers leave in droves for places with better or no income tax rates. Think sunny.