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Greenwich State Reps Cool to Gov's Tax Plan

Gov. Dan Malloy's proposal for more than $1.5 billion in tax increases has received a generally cool reception from Greenwich’s three state representatives. All are Republicans.

"While I support that the governor is not borrowing money to cover operating expenses, I wish that there was a better balance between budget cuts and tax increases," said State Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th District. "There is no question that finding the places to make cuts in the state budget is a difficult, but necessary task."

State Rep. Fed Camillo, R-151st District, was even more critical of Malloy’s tax initiatives. "I am deeply concerned about the levels of taxing and, yes, even increased spending at a time when we are broke," he said. "These changes are not conducive to a more competitive environment for business. The new taxes instead put up even more hurdles for our struggling small businesses to overcome."

The Democratic governor’s fiscal plan also calls for  a 0.3 percent reduction in the state workface and closing one state building for a saving of about $10 million. The state’s deficit is estimated at $3.2 billion.

State Rep. Lile Gibbons, R-150th District, said one of the biggest expenses in the state budget is the health care of  current and retired state workers. "In order for the governor's budget to work, there must be increases to contributions from current employees and retirees for their health coverage."

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