Unbalanced And Detrimental Republican Budget Opposed

September 19, 2017

The Republican’s financial plan increases funding to more affluent suburban towns while cutting funding to our schools and hampering Bridgeport’s economic progress.
Specifically to Bridgeport, the Republican budget would: 

  • Increase our car tax rate from 37 mills to 54 mills
  • Repeal the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account program, which would prevent future regional sales tax from being diverted to offset local property taxes
  • Cut education funding to Bridgeport by more than $7 million and give Greenwich $1 million more in aid
  • Impose a 10 percent state admissions tax for ticket sales to events at Webster Arena and the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, making it harder for the venues to draw folks into Bridgeport
  • Triple the cut to the earned income tax credit, hurting the working poor
  • Decimate the many social service, workforce development and youth services programs our residents rely on
  • Diminish funding to our state colleges and local independent colleges such as Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities and University of Bridgeport
  • Reduce funding to local attractions such as Beardsley Zoo

I am pleased Gov. Dannel Malloy is going to veto the Republican budget, and I am looking forward to going back to work on an equitable budget for our State and great City of Bridgeport.