HARTFORD, Conn (WTNH) – New U.S. Census data reveals that Connecticut lost more than 25,000 people last year.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau reprot, Connecticut saw one of the largest overall population drops of any state in the nation in 2015. Comparing those that moved out of the state to those than moved in, the state lost nearly 28,000 people.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven), and Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), both issued statements Monday in reaction to these numbers.
Senator Fasano pointed to big business leaving the state as a leading cause of the exodus.
GE is leaving, Aetna could be next, and 28,000 already left our state last year! What will that number grow to this year? As people leave, our state’s adjusted gross income is now the lowest it’s ever been. The two largest tax hikes in state history can’t even support our state’s spending because the revenue is literally leaving as taxpayers move away. As more people and employers move out of the state, the burden of paying taxes will start to shift more and more to those who remain and those who can least afford it. It’s frustrating that Democrats still do not realize this.”
Senator Witkos pointed to spending by the current administation.
Even the Governor’s budget director admitted last week, ‘I wish I had tightened spending more.’ But instead of tightening, over the past four years more than $1.6 billion of what was once operating expenses has been moved to bonding, bonded indebtedness increased by over $3 billion, and budget items were moved outside of the General Fund. The 2016/2017 budget passed in June increased spending by over 22.4% more than what was reflected on paper.”
Connecticut Senate Democrats have not yet expressed their reactions to this U.S. Census Bureau report.