Budget breakdown, what could cost you more

NORTH HAVEN, Conn.- Smoking, drinking, and the pain medication for your headache could cost you more.

The state is deep in debt, and they’re looking at collecting money through many different avenues.

“I feel like they’re trying to raise the taxes and everything else to get people to stop smoking it seems like,” said William Crowell.

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One item they’re looking to increase taxes on is cigarettes. Plus, they’re looking at adding a 25 cent deposit on bottles of booze. So, if you don’t recycle your bottles, the state collects your quarter. Also, your trip to your local pharmacy could be more costly.

The governor is looking at adding a sales tax to over-the-counter medication.

“I think that medication should not be taxed, but the liquor and cigarettes that’s fine,” said Northford’s Fern Pope.

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Residents we spoke with say instead of adding taxes to these items, the government should look at making some cuts.

Pope said, “I’m a former state employee. So, therefore, I got a very good wage when I was working and I’m enjoying a very good retirement. Don’t take it away from me, but cut back a little bit.”

The governor is also considering hiking the gas tax, bringing in electronic tolls, and getting rid of the $200 property tax credit.

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