Malloy, Foley spar on sales tax; some skeptical of promises

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Both Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley are talking about tax cuts next year.  But the proposed tax cuts are minimal and people we spoke with today say they’re leery about any election-year promises.

While promoting Connecticut’s “Back to School Sales Tax Free Week” today, Malloy was bragging that the unemployment rate in the state has gone down again to 6.6 percent, proving that the state is on the economic rebound. He has already signed into law a plan that will permanently bring back the state sales tax exemption for clothing under $50 starting next July, and eliminate the sales tax on over-the-counter, non-prescription drugs starting April 1.

Republican candidate Tom Foley has already pledged to cut the current 6.35 percent “Connecticut Sales Tax” a half a point on everything. On a $100 item that would be a tax cut of 50 cents. The governor was hinting today that he will soon announce some other tax cuts for his second term.

“I believe that we’re going to be in a position to not only do the things that we’ve already committed to do…but do more,” said the governor.

“I don’t believe anybody’s going to do what they say they’re going to do…just promises,” said Dina Pizzoferrato of Rocky Hill.

Other people News 8 spoke with today think that these tiny tax cuts just don’t cut it. “I think on taxes, they should cut the ‘State Income Tax.’ That’s the biggest burden right now on people,” said Bob Jennings of Southington.

Others told us that they’ve grown very leery of election-year promises of any kind like Christopher Haith of Hamden, who said, “You can only believe what you see so, I’ll just be waiting for the physical evidence.”

So News 8 asked Dina, ”How does a voter decide which way to vote this fall?” “I have no idea. This year, I think I do, ‘minnie, minnie, mynie, moe,'” she said.

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