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Gov. Lamont Previews Budget Plan In Open Letter

February 12, 2019 - 9:49 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - Ahead of his budget address next Monday, Governor Lamont is giving state residents a glimpse of what he'll submit to the General Assembly. 

In an open letter, Lamont writes that his biennial budget proposal will seek to hold the line on operating expenses, while suggesting a path forward to address fixed costs such as pension obligations. 

Though he's vowed not to raise the state sales tax rate, the governor signals that he will seek to expand the sales tax base to include digital downloads and perhaps other items. Officials had been exploring the possibility of taxing groceries, but Lamont has backed away from that idea in recent weeks. 

The Governor adds though it's tempting to tap the state's rainy day fund to erase red ink in the budget, lawmakers should resist that temptation so Connecticut remains prepared for the possibility of another recession.