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Don’t underestimate impact of soda tax
Waterbury Republican-American | April 13, 2019
Currently, a 2.75-liter bottle of soda at Dollar Tree sells for $1. This works out to roughly 93 ounces. Once Lamont’s soda tax comes into play at 1.5 cents per fluid ounce, it will cost $1.39 in taxes to purchase a $1 bottle of soda, for a total of $2.39. This does not include sales tax. A better way to serve the people of Connecticut would be to reduce bloated state-employee pensions.

Mario H. Lopez: State beverage tax would hurt CT economy
CT Post | March 15, 2019
Like a lot of supposedly well-meaning attempts by politicians to exert more control over products that they don’t like, Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent proposal to impose the country’s first statewide beverage tax is doomed to backfire. In fact, a beverage tax will damage Connecticut’s ability to keep jobs in the state as families are already dealing with the high cost of living in Connecticut. The reality is that a regressive tax like a beverage tax will only make things worse economically, especially for people working paycheck to paycheck and small businesses who are working to keep their doors open and their employees gainfully employed. If the governor and legislators are trying to do what is best for Connecticut’s residents, their economic priority should focus on improving job opportunities, not shipping them out of the state.

It is time to stop the vicious cycle of ever-rising taxes
CT Mirror | March 14, 2019
Imagine you are retired, living on fixed income, forced to move out of Connecticut due to steeply rising property taxes. Imagine you are an insurance employee, laid off because soaring corporate taxes drove your company away. Imagine you are an anxious homeowner, afflicted by plummeting property values caused by population outflow. This is the dilemma that Connecticut is grappling with: High taxation begets corporations fleeing; corporations fleeing beget moribund insurance industry; moribund insurance industry begets a shrinking tax base and plummeting property values; a shrinking tax base and plummeting property values have generated a vicious cycle of ever-higher tax increases on remaining residents.

Lamont’s tax hikes won’t solve CT’s fiscal problems
CT Mirror | March 12, 2019
Overburdened taxpayers anxiously awaited Gov. Ned Lamont’s first budget proposal recently, hoping to see meaningful tax relief for job creators and middle-class families. Much like his predecessor, Gov. Lamont promised not to raise taxes; however, his budget will leave taxpayers gravely disappointed. Tax hikes on the most vulnerable, increased borrowing, and a kick-the-can approach to state finances is the same path that has led Connecticut to its current precarious situation, and is certainly the last thing the Constitution State needs now.

When It Comes To Taxes, We're Almost No. 1 Connecticut
Patch | March 12, 2019
WalletHub's newest report confirms what we, Connecticut residents, already knew and that is, taxes are just too high. Connecticut ranks No. 2 at having the highest tax rates in the country. Thankfully, Illinois was able to beat us out for this dubious honor of having the highest tax rates in the country. If you're fed up about Connecticut's high taxes, WalletHub suggests you might want to consider moving to Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada, which have the lowest tax rates in America.

Independent Connecticut Soda Manufacturer Protests Soda Tax Proposal
Vending Market Watch | March 11, 2019
Avery's Beverages, an independent soda manufacturer based in New Britain, CT, has produced a limited edition soda brand, "Don't Tax Me Ned!", in protest of a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont proposed in his FY 2020-2021 budget, according to The Connecticut Post. The manufacturer posted about the soda brand and the tax on its Facebook page.

Soda tax will hurt small businesses the most
CT Mirror | March 11, 2019
Like a lot of supposedly well-meaning attempts by politicians to exert more control over products that they don’t like, Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent proposal to impose the country’s first state-wide beverage tax is doomed to backfire. In fact, a beverage tax will damage Connecticut’s ability to keep jobs in the state working as families are already dealing with the high cost of living in Connecticut.

Governor Lamont’s ‘Sin Tax’ Is Ridiculous
Southern News | March 6, 2019
Governor Lamont proposal of new or increased “sin tax” laws is a shameful attempt at revenue generation. The law will create either new or increased taxes on sugary drinks like soda, alcohol and beer, and it will also apply to other items such as e-cigarettes and plastic bag. We already have taxes on beer, soda and water–that is a five-cent deposit. The new proposal could increase the five-cent deposit to 25-cent. 10-cent tax on plastic bags which will be an added tax.

Connecticut Governor calls for a 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax in budget
IEG Policy | March 4, 2019
Connecticut could be the next battleground for soda taxes, now that Gov. Ned Lamont (D.) has proposed a 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax in his spending plan request. … So far, both Democrats and Republicans have criticized Lamont’s soda tax proposal, questioning the fairness of the levy and its potential impact on the state’s poorest residents. In protest of the soda tax proposal, some Republicans even brought plastic cups with soda to Lamont’s budget proposal announcement, the Hartford Courant reported.

Soda company opposes tax
Journal Inquirer | March 1, 2019
Avery’s Beverages, a long-time New Britain soda manufacturer is expressing its displeasure with Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed tax on soda, by producing a limited edition “Don’t Tax Me Ned!” brand that the company hopes to deliver to the legislature. Lamont has proposed a 1.5 percent per ounce tax on soda, the company said on Facebook. The company didn’t describe the flavor.

Limited edition ‘Don’t Tax Me Ned’ soda created after Lamont’s new proposed tax
WFSB | March 1, 2019
We’ve all heard of a message in a bottle, but at Avery’s Soda they are sending the governor a pointed political message on their bottles. Avery’s beverages churns out more than 2,000 bottles of soda every single day and right now they all share the same political message on the label! “’Don’t Tax Me Ned’ and it’s the bottle of soda talking,” said Rob Metz. Avery’s owner Rob Metz says these special ‘Don’t Tax Me Ned’ labels were born out of necessity. He worries Lamont’s proposed soda tax could put him out of business. “We think it’s misguided and we wanted to let them know that, and that’s why we came up with this ‘Don’t Tax Me Ned’ soda,” Metz said.

5 questions lawmakers are asking about Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget
Hartford Courant | February 28, 2019
Lamont’s budget proposal includes a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda. Lawmakers have questioned the fairness of the tax (like the sales tax expansion, they argue it more greatly impacts the poor) as well as whether or not taxing soda will actual reduce the number of people who choose to drink it. “There is a consistent and large body of research that the use of this strategy could change behavior,” Melissa McCaw, Lamont’s budget director, said Wednesday.

Beverage tax: Connecticut may be home to the first statewide beverage tax in the U.S.
USA Today | February 26, 2019
Connecticut may become the first state in the country to tax sugar-sweetened beverages if Gov. Ned Lamont has his way.

Lamont faces months of deliberation over his budget plan
The Day | February 25, 2019
Besides the sales tax changes, Lamont proposed a 10-cent surcharge for plastic bags; a 1.5-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages; a 25-cent deposit on wine and liquor glass bottles; and a 5-cent deposit for nips.

Taxes on sugar drinks, e-cigarettes and plastic bags among proposals meant to shape habits in Connecticut
Hartford Courant | February 21, 2019
State Sen. Tony Hwang, left, and Rep. Anne Dauphinais talk over a 7-Eleven Double Gulp filled with red soda after Gov. Ned Lamont spoke about his proposed budget, which includes a sugary drinks tax. A number of Republican lawmakers, opposed to the measure, brought Double Gulps and canned soft drinks to the floor of the House for the address.”

Lamont’s Budget Will Tax Services, Some Goods
CT News Junkie | February 20, 2019
Gov. Ned Lamont’s first two-year budget proposal will include taxes on sugary beverages, plastic bags… The American Beverage Association believes there’s a better way to achieve the results sought by the sugary beverage tax. “Today, 50 percent of all beverages sold contain zero sugar,” said William M. Dermody Jr., a spokesman for the industry organization. “There are also better ways to fund budget priorities without raising taxes on people who can least afford it.”

Connecticut governor pitches statewide soda tax
The Hill | February 20, 2019
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) wants his state to become the first to levy an extra tax on sugary drinks and sodas. In a budget proposal rolled out Wednesday, Lamont asked legislators to impose a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The tax would generate about $163 million in new revenue for the next fiscal year, Lamont's office estimated.

Connecticut Governor Floats Nation’s First Statewide Soda Tax
Bloomberg | February 20, 2019
Connecticut would be the first state in the country to implement a tax on sugary drinks under a provision in Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget proposal. Facing a $3.7 billion deficit over the next two years, Lamont (D) has proposed a state budget containing a host of “sin taxes” that includes a 1.5-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as a 10-cent tax on plastic bags and a 75 percent tax on electronic cigarettes.

From tolls to the grocery tax, here’s what’s in and what’s out of Gov. Lamont’s budget
Hartford Courant | February 20, 2019
Gov. Ned Lamont’s priorities will be made clear Wednesday when he proposes his first state budget. … Lamont, in an op-ed published over the weekend, said the truck-only option “provides too little revenue, too slowly and too piecemeal to make any meaningful difference." … Word that Lamont was looking at imposing a sales tax on groceries was met with almost universal disapproval, and the governor recently publicly dismissed the idea altogether. … Two years ago lawmakers considered, but did not approve, a one cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages.

Tax on sugary drinks tops Lamont’s list of new ‘sin taxes’
CT Mirror | February 17, 2019
Gov. Ned Lamont’s first budget will include a series of new “sin tax” proposals, including levies on sugary drinks, electronic cigarettes and plastic bags, and deposits on alcoholic beverages.

Lamont to propose expanded taxes on sugary drinks, plastic bags, vaping products, tobacco and liquor bottles
Hartford Courant | February 17, 2019
Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing an array of new taxes on consumer goods to help close a projected budget deficit approaching $2 billion. Lamont said Sunday he will ask the General Assembly to tax sugary drinks, plastic bags, wine and liquor bottles, tobacco and vaping products. His announcement comes three days before he is scheduled to deliver his first budget address and one day after he said he would support tolls on cars and trucks, reversing a campaign pledge and sparking a strong backlash on social media.

Lamont; hike "sin taxes," raise smoke/vape age
News 8 | February 17, 2019
Governor Ned Lamont tipping his hand about his state budget proposals on Sunday's edition of 'Capitol Report' on News 8. … There are already proposals to phase in a total ban on plastic bags before a legislative committee. Proposals for placing a tax on plastic have failed in recent years, but Lamont thinks a 10-cent-a-bag tax is the best way to go saying, "Over time it accomplishes the same thing and it gives people time to accomodate."

Michael Bloomberg's nanny crusade will make people poorer
June 30, 2017
There is no other public figure who has so readily assumed the role of "ultimate nanny" than Bloomberg. He's shown himself as a crusader prepared to use the force of government to raise taxes and prices on products he deems unhealthy and even dangerous. If only to save the people from themselves.

Reject bottle bill expansion
June 28, 2017
As the owner of Cove Deli & Cafe in Norwalk, I urge the state legislature to vote against bottle bill expansion, which would amount to an additional tax on shoppers and businesses in every corner of the state, including grocers and neighborhood convenience store owners like me.

Connecticut Lawmakers, Governor to Resume Budget Talks
June 25, 2016
Connecticut legislative leaders are resuming closed-door state budget talks with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, hoping to possibly vote on a new two-year plan later in the week.

Connecticut legislative session fails to produce budget
June 14, 2016
Passing the biennial budget is the main reason the Connecticut General Assembly stays in session for six months every other year. But this year the governor and state legislators, who are elected in part to manage state finances, closed the regular session with no budget passage in sight.

Connecticut lawmakers optimistic, but no end in sight on budget talks
June 13, 2017
Legislative leaders say they remain hopeful they will reach a budget compromise by June 30, but there was little if any substantial progress made during Tuesday’s closed door budget session.

Session Ends Without a Budget Agreement
June 8, 2017
Connecticut state lawmakers worked until midnight, but ended the session with unfinished business, including a budget.

Connecticut taxes: Nanny state vs. sugary soda
May 30, 2017
Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, would like Connecticut government to subject consumers of sugary beverages to a special tax of 1 cent per ounce... This proposal amounts to nanny-state grandstanding, and is an inherently flawed budget technique.

Malloy Douses Cold Water on Soda Tax Proposal
May 15, 2017
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy isn't backing a late-session push to enact an excise tax on soda and other sweetened drinks.

Soda tax is Connecticut’s latest class warfare weapon of choice
May 9, 2017
Consumers don’t usually pay extra taxes based on how risky others view their leisure activity. Well, at least for now.

Nanny State tax aims at wrong target
April 25, 2016
Wouldn’t such a tax disproportionately affect poor and lower-income residents? Would it not drive yet more business out of state, especially in regions near the borders?

Soda tax idea falls flat
April 21, 2017
It’s bad enough that Gov. Malloy has laid off hundreds of state workers, now he’s going to end up being responsible for the loss of hundreds of jobs in the private sector.

Lawmakers hesitant on so-called 'soda tax'
April 13, 2017
A proposal to tax certain sweetened beverages at a rate of 1 cent per ounce is being met with opposition from many Republicans on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, who say the bill would place another burden on the state's residents.

The soda tax comes to Connecticut
April 13, 2017
Following a move that proved disastrous for independent grocers in Philadelphia, some Connecticut lawmakers and organizations are looking to institute a 1 cent per ounce tax on all sweetened beverages including soda and sports drinks like Gatorade.

Budget Solutions Are Crazy
April 12, 2017
We need some fiscal wisdom to stop this nonsense of trying to raise taxes to solve the budget deficit.

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