Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget – which has more smoke and mirrors than a 1950s Havana nightclub, includes an old idea, elimination of the property tax on most motor vehicles. Never mind that he didn’t suggest how municipalities would make up for the lost revenue. Never mind that he failed to spring this bit of important news on municipal leaders, when he met with them to preview how his budget plan would effect their municipalities. Why let the facts get in the way of a shell game.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell recommended a similar plan, eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles in both 2006 and 2007. You remember Jodi? Malloy’s frequent target for all that’s wrong with Connecticut?
“This is a bold step to eliminate a regressive tax and to put millions of dollars back in the economy,” Rell told legislators and a live television audience during her State of the State address in 2006. “It is a step which will make Connecticut a much more attractive place to live, while reducing the financial burden on the average working family.”
Malloy’s words? “This is tax relief for families who are middle class, working class and working poor.”
When Rell announced her proposal – in an election year – Republicans rejoiced, Democrats called it a tired plan that Gov. Lowell P. Weicker once suggested. Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan said “It’s an old idea.” Then Speaker of the House James Amann called it a “shell game.”
This time, the Democrats response is skeptical, but not as dismissive as the day Rell made her recommendation. Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, called it a “good concept.”
Hmmm! Apparently it’s only “an old idea” when a Republican suggests it.
Bottom line, if the municipalities don’t have a way to make up the lost revenue, there will be no car tax relief. Bet on it!