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Speaker Donovan Open to Debate on Sunday Liquor Sales, Income Tax Hike, and Tolls

 This Sunday there will be people from Connecticut buying liquor.  They’ll be sitting at a bar or at a restaurant, and then perhaps driving home.    There will  also be people from Connecticut  buying liquor in Rhode Island,  New York or Massachusetts and bringing it back into our state to drink at their homes.   Why?  Liquor stores are open in those states but not in Connecticut, it is illegal here.

Sunday liquor store openings was a hot topic earlier this year that died quickly, thanks to a powerful lobby that represents store owners that do not want to open.  The issue will likely be raised again this year, and this morning on “Face the State” House Speaker Chris Donovan told me he is open to the discussion in the 2011 session.

There are several arguments for and against Sunday liquor store openings and plenty of rebuttals.

1.    Mom and Pop stores can’t afford to be open seven days a week

Rebuttal:       Lawmakers could rule that liquor stores must close on Mondays  instead of  Sundays

2.    People should be able to buy liquor on Sundays because it is a day of family events, sporting events, parties, etc.

Rebuttal:  People should plan their liquor purchases in advance

3.    Opening stores on Sundays would lead to an increase in drunk driving

Rebuttal:  If lawmakers are concerned about that why don’t they shut bars down on Sundays, or limit their hours

4.     Stores in border towns lose revenue to out of state shops

Rebuttal:  That’s life

And the list goes on.

Speaker Donovan also told me is open to a discussion about tolls, although he admits state representatives in border communities are against them.   In terms of a tax hike, he says if there is one, look for it to be a hike in the income tax for those making over $250,000.

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  1. And wonder why CT is considered one of the worst business friendly states and bad for retirees. Taxes are killing this state. Instead of using the gas tax for transportation with only 68% used for transportation, they want to add tolls. And of course taxes on the over 250k crowd will impact small businesses who will not hire. And opening liquor stores on Sunday just spreads the same number of sales over 7 days instead of 6 while increasing costs for the owner. Borderline sales are minimal overall. The Democrats are all about protecting their union supporters and putting the small businessman out of business. Malloy and Donovan will never cut union jobs.

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  2. Re Sunday Sales. Such an obvious solution – I don’t know why it hasn’t been pursued – allow grocery stores (who are already open anyway and want to have Sunday sales) to sell alcohol (beer) on Sundays, and don’t change the Sunday sales law for package stores (“mom and pops” and are divided/lobbyists)

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  3. I’m a self employed working person earning $85,000 yearly by working 60 to 70 hours per week. Annually I am expected to pay the following taxes to those who govern me; property taxes on my home of $7,700, business equipment $1100, car tax $1,000, social security taxes of $12,750, State income tax $4250, Federal income tax of $21,250 for a tax burden of $48,050. In addition I pay 30 cents to the state for every one of the 1040 gallons of gasoline I buy annually which adds up to $1040 leaving me $35,910 per year. My Connecticut purchases amount to approximately $15,300 per year which I pay sales tax on at the rate of 6% or $918 annually.

    Added up, the total annual tax obligation of this working person, earning $85,000 year and living in Connecticut, is $50,008. I feel taken advantage of to say the least.

    Now, unbelievably, Speaker Donovan wants to talk about how to get more tax money from me by raising the income tax, adding tolls booths to my roads and keeping liquor stores open on the Sabbath!

    If Mr. Donovan and his Democrat minions conceive of a more economical way to run Connecticut I suggest they step aside and let those who can do so.

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  4. I’m a self employed working person earning $85,000 yearly by working 60 to 70 hours per week. Annually I am expected to pay the following taxes to those who govern me; property taxes on my home of $7,700, business equipment $1100, car tax $1,000, social security taxes of $12,750, State income tax $4250, Federal income tax of $21,250 for a tax burden of $48,050. In addition I pay 30 cents to the state for every one of the 1040 gallons of gasoline I buy annually which adds up to $1040 leaving me $35,910 per year. My Connecticut purchases amount to approximately $15,300 per year which I pay sales tax on at the rate of 6% or $918 annually.

    Added up, the total annual tax obligation of this working person, earning $85,000 year and living in Connecticut, is $50,008. I feel taken advantage of to say the least.

    Now, unbelievably, Speaker Donovan wants to talk about how to get more tax money from me by raising the income tax, adding tolls booths to my roads and keeping liquor stores open on the Sabbath!

    If Mr. Donovan and his Democrat minions can’t conceive of a more economical way to run Connecticut I suggest they step aside and let those who can do so.

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