HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The state budget has passed and it happened just before the midnight deadline.
The Senate passed the two-year, $40 billion plan around 11:30 Wednesday night.
The Senate passed this with just 30 minutes until the midnight deadline. The way it was explained by a legislative aide at the capital Tuesday was “if we don’t meet the midnight deadline, we all turn into pumpkins and all this work is dead.”
The House stayed up all night Tuesday and passed the budget bill 70-73 around 10:30 a.m. Then, 13 hours later at 11:30 last night, the Senate passed it too.
Senate Republicans looked like they were going to take it right up to the deadline with kind of a filibuster – speaker after speaker railing against the tax increases. The Republicans big complaint…Democrats came up with budget behind closed doors with no Republican input.
“Had we been in the room and expressed our ideas, this wouldn’t be happening. This is a bad budget, it will lead to a $1.6 billion deficit after two years,” said Sen. Len Fasano, (R) Minority Leader.
Here’s what else it will lead to – a new tax on getting your car washed. For the first time, the 6.35 percent ‘Sales Tax’ will apply to car washes. Cigarette smokers will pay an additional 50 cent tax per pack. That brings the taxes alone to close to $4 a pack.
The state income tax will go up for anyone making more than half a million dollars a year. And we will see an increase in certain business taxes, that despite some of the state’s biggest corporations threatening to leave Connecticut over tax hikes.
The good news is, those of us living in cities and towns with high property taxes will see our car taxes go down.