Remember when then candidate Dan Malloy promised the people of Connecticut, during the 2010 campaign, “I am not going to raise your taxes. That’s the last thing I’ll do.” You could have driven a CT Fastrak bus through that statement. In one paragraph he went from not raising taxes to that’s “the last thing I’ll do.” Of course it turned out to be the first thing he did in 2011.
Fast forward to the 2014 campaign, when now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy promised he would not raise taxes or there would not or I do not foresee any new taxes. Well, I believe he is at it again, setting us up for a tax hike.
Since his reelection, the governor has been harping on Connecticut’s need to improve its transportation infrastructure. He was at it again at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday morning. He claimed to have fixed the state’s sputtering economy but that to maintain the momentum, Connecticut needed a major improvement of its roads, bridges and trains. He also claimed leaders before him – here we go again – failed to have an honest conversation with the people of Connecticut about its crumbling transportation network. But he now intended to have that conversation.
“Tax policy has to be driven by what we need to do to have a great state that we all desire,” Malloy said at the breakfast. Part of his “great state” vision is to fix its crumbling transportation. Translation, if the people want improved roads and bridges – and he will see to it that they want those improvements – it’s going to require that “tax policy” apparatus.
Translation: we will need tolls, gas tax hikes, gross receipts tax hikes and more to make those public “demanded” repairs. Then like Pontius Pilate, he can wash his hands of any no-new-taxes-pledge and say the public made him do it to fix the roads. Of course, that doesn’t mean the extra revenue flowing into state coffers will actually be used to engineer those repairs. You can always earmark some of that dough for the general fund, to help balance an out-of-whack budget.
The governor may not know this, but we have been down this road before, being sold a tax hike concept on the premise it would fix the state’s infrastructure, only to find out the revenue went elsewhere. His latest end-around a promise not to raise taxes, is a money grab
filled with potholes.