Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pre storm wonderings...

Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal to raise the state income and cigarette tax isn't being very well received. Just about everyone hates the idea. And probably with some good reason. When you add in all federal and state taxes we pay, Connecticut ranks #1 in the country in terms of who pays the highest amount - 35.9 percent. (Alabama is ranked 50th at 27.5 percent)

When you look at just the state and local taxes paid on gasoline, cigarettes and the sales tax, Connecticut finishes in the Top Ten at the number 9 spot. (Alaska has the least and holds the number 50 spot while Maine of all places takes over the number 1 spot).

For comparison purposes, here is how Connecticut ranks compared to our three neighbors - New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts:

State Gas tax Cigraettes Sales Combined Rank Add federal taxes Rank
Conn. 40.5 cents $1.51 6% 11.3% 9 35.9% 1
Mass. 23.5 $1.51 5% 10.3% 28 33.4% 6
RI 31 $2.46 7% 11.5% 8 33% 8
NY 41.7 $1.50 4% 12.9% 2 35.1% 2

I remember when we use to call our neighbor to the north Taxachusetts. Not anymore.


Blogger mccommas said...

Oh I think we will all be calling Massachusetts “Taxachusetts” again real soon.

Voters turned their back on Kerry Healey after Mitt Romney turned his back on Mass Republicans.

Tax increases are on their way, you can bet the presses on that. And it’s also a safe bet that lots of folks are packing the cars and heading south where it’s safe to earn money.

But that’s not the worse of it. Democrats in Mass are notoriously soft on crime. Governor Deval Patrick is a cop-killer’s best friend.

”My name is Alicia Hayes. My dad, Ronnie Smith, was killed before I reached the age of two. He was a Florida highway patrol officer killed in the line of duty by an escaped convict from Oklahoma three days before Christmas. He was buried on Christmas Eve, leaving my mother and I with a life that will never be the same because of the cold blooded murderer who shot him five times to ensure his death. He escaped the death warrant not once but three times with the help of Deval Patrick, who pleaded in his favor that the sentence was “disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate along with cruel and unusual punishment” for a person that had found religion and undergone a change while in prison. (Supreme Court of Florida, case# 72,043)

This man, running for governor, believes in finding an excuse for killing our law enforcement officers no matter where they are - Florida or Massachusetts. What does this say about a person running for governor, who is given the power to allow this type of person to kill our husbands, wives, sons and daughters and believe they are doing the right thing to allow people not to be held accountable?

I was just a teenager in 1985, but I remember being in that court room and watching Deval Patrick defend my father’s killer. I hope that that Mr. Patrick realizes the repercussions of what he has done through out his career and will not make them again, but I have never talked to him and would believe he would continue to go in the same line as he has in the past. I just would like to say anytime Mr. Patrick would like to find out the hardships and the nightmares that come along with being a victim; I welcome him to contact me.

To set the record straight, Carl Ray Songer had three jury trials by his peers and was adjudicated guilty in court and sentenced to death. Your potential governor went against the people of Florida and allowed him to be sent to Oklahoma, close to his family, and the left the victim’s family to endure a lifetime of parole hearings to ensure he remains in prison.”


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