HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It took 117 days to produce 881 pages of a state budget. So, what’s in it?
– No income tax increase
– No sales tax increase
– 45¢ tax increase on cigarettes
– $10 surcharge on car registration that will go to fund the state parks
– 25¢ tax on Uber.
As for the car tax, at first, lawmakers thought they might phase it out. Now, you can be taxed more on your vehicle. The cap is going up to 39 mills in the first year and 45 mills in the second year.
– No cuts to 30 most under-performing schools
– About 5% to rest of cities and towns
The University of Connecticut was originally hit by $300 million in cuts. Now, that number has dropped to a $143-million cut over two years.
Paraphrasing a statement released by UConn President Susan Herbst, she says:
– No new science complex
– Eliminate positions that are nonessential services
– Hiring freeze for faculty
Kelly Leach is a social work student at UConn who said, “I am sad that they are not going to be able to do what they wanted to do because, I mean, they were really on a roll. They’ve invested so much money in downtown Hartford.”
There is also relief on the way for people with crumbling foundations in their homes. Lawmakers approved a four-year grant program with $20 million per year in funding.
Governor Dannel Malloy still has to sign off on the budget.