Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's in Your Wallet? Malloy Wants State Car Tax & Home Heating Oil Tax

STATE CAR TAX GAS TAX FUEL TAX HOME HEATING OIL TAX TAX TAX!

This week, the legislature hears arguments to end the municipal car tax for vehicles valued under 28k.
Read more details at CtNews Junkie: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/car_tax_proposal_doa/
Some city Mayor's - clue - NOT Mayor Drew (of course he won't question Big D)- are challenging Big Dan and arguing lack of revenue will hurt local government. On the table, but under reported is a proposed state car tax to replace the local.



 Is the repeal of the local car tax collected by Connecticut cities and towns a blessing or a curse? Most people would say a blessing - having to fork over less money always sounds good. Before you decide, this may not be the case if this local tax is repealed. Lovers of big government  bureaucracy may get their with a CT State Car Tax ! And you won't have to wait too long! Some legislators already have such a law penned and ready to go this session!  What are your thoughts on the repeal of the local car tax?

Read the proposed legislation here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/2013HB-05102


General Assembly
  Proposed Bill No. 5102  
January Session, 2013
  LCO No. 81
   
Referred to Committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT  
Introduced by:  
REP. BERGER, 73rd Dist.  
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE MILL RATE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF ANTIQUE, RARE OR SPECIAL INTEREST MOTOR VEHICLES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That the general statutes be amended to establish a state-wide mill rate for motor vehicles and to narrow the definition of antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle to include motor vehicles thirty years and older.
Statement of Purpose:
To create a state-wide mill rate for motor vehicles and to reimburse municipalities that lose money as a result of a lower state-wide mill rate with additional revenue generated by narrowing the definition of antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle. 
HOME HEATING OIL TAX PROPOSED: Think going green is good? Depends on the type of green. Do tax breaks for those who use energy efficient solutions still exist?Of course we all want to help the environment, but being proposed in the legislature currently is a bill that would tax home heating oil and propane. Is penalizing those who have yet to converted their home's heating into a more environmentally sustainable solution really the answer?


Matthew.Lesser@cga.ct.gov
Rep. Matt Lesser is in his third term representing the 100th Assembly District (Middletown). He brags that he has earned a lifetime 100% voting record from the CT League of Conservation Voters and is active in the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators. He is the new Assistant Majority Leader, and he serves on the Energy &; Technology Committee, is chair of the Legislative Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee and is vice chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee blah blah blah. SO email Rep. Lesser and ask him how paying more to heat your home works for you?
Click to enlarge Press Release from CEMA
Read commentary about the proposal here:
The proposed bill was sparked by Gov. Dannel Malloy's recently-released, 195-page “Comprehensive Energy Strategy” for Connecticut. The report encourages people and businesses to switch from oil to natural gas, however is  a tax on those with existing systems really the answer? Read the bill here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/2013HB-06650-R00-HB.htm

"Statement of Purpose:
To (1) establish a heating fuel excise tax to provide funding for the implementation of cost-effective energy conservation programs, and (2) require any furnaces or boilers to be Energy Star compliant in order to qualify for the residential heating equipment financing program."

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