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Union Wants to Tax Connecticut’s Rich Despite the Last Failed Tax Increase

After last year’s tax increase failed to ‘raise a dime,’ AFSCME still wants to tax the rich to avoid Connecticut cost cutting.


The State of Connecticut is facing a $5 billion budget deficit over the next two years.

In response, the state is turning to its unions to help save $1.5 billion.

Unions representing the state’s employees are not happy, however. They’d prefer to see the state to ‘tax the rich’ even more.

“Those who are benefitting the most should be paying the most,” AFSCME Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano said.

The problem is, Connecticut has already passed higher taxes onto the rich last year and it failed to help ease the state’s financial woes.

…the last income tax increase implemented in 2015 failed to bring in additional revenue to the state. Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, recently said 2015’s half-percent income tax increase on people making over $500,000 a year didn’t net Connecticut “one dime.” That increase went into effect in 2016.

A huge part of the problem is that people are leaving the state of Connecticut—in droves—and taking their money with them.

Connecticut has an outmigration problem. More people are moving to other states and other countries than are moving in. This doesn’t mean no one is moving into Connecticut – many people are – but more are moving out. And this isn’t a new problem; in fact it is now decades old. But it has picked up steam.

Between 1993 and 2010, around 12,000 people left the state each year, taking with them about $545 million in income. That means that on average each person took about $45,000 with him or her. Some people, especially retirees, probably left with little or even no income, which brings the average down.

Between 2011 and 2013, however, about 13,500 people left Connecticut each year, taking $1.9 billion in income with them. The average income per person leaving the state climbed to $142,000 – more than three times the previous average.

As long as the tax-the-rich mindset prevails in Connecticut, as well as other states, “the rich” will continue to find other alternatives…and unions, like AFSCME and the SEIU, will continue to clamor for more taxes to be passed.

Related: Connecticut, Nation’s Wealthiest State, May be Tapped Out on Taxing the Rich


1 comment

  • The unions’ ignorance of basic economics is startling. What AFSCME needs is legislation and maybe a wall preventing the wealthy from leaving the State, at least until they are sucked dry, sort of like East Germany.

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