© 2023 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Income Tax A Target By Connecticut GOP Governor Candidates

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

Republican candidates for governor of Connecticut are pushing proposals to eliminate or scale back the state’s income tax.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton released a 31-page plan on Monday that includes phasing out the personal income tax over 10 years. He says there will be $381 million in reductions in his first two-year budget.

Boughton is the Republican Party-endorsed candidate. He faces four challengers in the August 14 primary.

Former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst wants to eliminate the income tax for anyone making up to $75,000.

Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman would reduce the number of brackets from seven to three, while lowering rates.

Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik wants a tax cut for those earning less than $100,000. Meanwhile, Madison businessman Bob Stefanowksi proposes phasing out the income tax over eight years.

Connecticut implemented a state income tax in 1992. Republicans have made several campaign promises to repeal the tax ever since then.

Dan is a former News Director at WSHU
The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.