Labor official proposes tax hike for ...

Labor official proposes tax hike for state's wealthy

There are 18 comments on the Stamford Advocate story from Feb 5, 2009, titled Labor official proposes tax hike for state's wealthy. In it, Stamford Advocate reports that:

The head of the state's most powerful labor group Thursday threw his support behind a growing campaign to fill Connecticut's massive budget gap through higher income taxes on the wealthy in Fairfield County and ...

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Pissingyouoff

Camp Hill, PA

#1 Feb 6, 2009
It's time to renegotiate our deal with the indian casino's. A percentage of the slot revenue is chump change.
Ernie

United States

#2 Feb 6, 2009
Why not take a look at where all this frikkin money is going? In my town you cant go to te hospital without waitng hours for care because they are overloaded with illegal immigrants who dont pay for services. If we dont get a grip on the basics we are certainly doomed.
Buff

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 6, 2009
"You can't go to ask people to pay over and over and over again to programs and entitlements for which they will never benefit in their life. It just isn't fair."

I find this quote amusing....considering the state funds medicaid for thousands of illegal aliens who are mowing the lawns..cleaning the homes ...and raising the children of the wealthiest people in the state....under market value...essentially being subsidised by the state!No life isnt fair...and its time the lower income people stop subsidising the wealthy....to mow their lawns at a discont rate!
JCP

Bronx, NY

#4 Feb 6, 2009
Yeah, let's listen to the Labor Leaders -- see what wonders organized labor has done for the U.S. auto industry, which is about to crash and really send our economy into a depression. Don't lay off overpaid, pampered union workers -- raise taxes on the people who work in Fairfield County! All you will be doing is giving those people one more reason to move out of this Connecticut.
Disgusted

New Canaan, CT

#5 Feb 6, 2009
"You can't go to ask people to pay over and over and over again to programs and entitlements for which they will never benefit in their life. It just isn't fair."

Kind of like the percentage of my property tax that goes to fund the education system, even though I have no children.
THELAWDOG

Stamford, CT

#6 Feb 6, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
"You can't go to ask people to pay over and over and over again to programs and entitlements for which they will never benefit in their life. It just isn't fair."
Kind of like the percentage of my property tax that goes to fund the education system, even though I have no children.
We funding the illegal immigrants children who go to school is unfair.
Stamford Man

AOL

#7 Feb 6, 2009
Fairfield County already supports the rest of this state. If they want to raise taxes on people making over 200K, they should raise taxes on people making over 125K throughout the rest of the state. The costs to live outside of FF county are much less and they have better schools.
GrowthDoesNotWor k

Norwalk, CT

#8 Feb 6, 2009
CosCobReality

Newark, NJ

#9 Feb 6, 2009
Um...more than offensive the Greenwich stereotyping is idiotic. Yes there are numerous bazillionaires in town who may well not know what to do with their money. But there are also the rest of us. Those who make 150, 200, 250 and are raising families in Greenwich are not usually swimming in money. These kinds of incomes are equivalent to just barely upper middle class incomes in most other communities (say, 100, 125k in suburban Atlanta or the Carolinas). Cost of living is very high even if property taxes are low. We work hard, actually pay our taxes (hear that, Gheitner? Daschle? Etc?), and depending on the area of town we are living in modest ranch houses and going to Stop and Shop in our Toyotas, not living in gated estates and deciding which executive chef should cook tonight while we drive home in the Bentley. The "eat the rich" mentality is foolish enough, but even if you go down that road, use some intelligence in deciding who's rich, not base envy based on stereotypes. On top of which, other communities (Darien for sure, New Canaan probably) have higher median, mean, per capita income and a greater unified concentration of excess cash sitting around. Greenwich is diverse, but a meaningful income cutoff for "the rich" can't be 200k. To hit a 200k family with an extra tax burden will help nobody. You want to go after some money from the million-dollar-plus crowd, assuming they can't find their usual way out of it, fine...
Steve VZ

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2009
But these pigs want to cut the pay of the people who work to support the entire state. God I gotta get outta here.
Obamas Brain

Port Jefferson, NY

#11 Feb 6, 2009
They should be elminating taxes to stimulate the economy, ot raising them.
Ms Christian

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Feb 6, 2009
Tax everyone more, the middle class especially. No one NEEDS an Ipod, no one NEEDS to pay phone companies $100+ a month to send inane text messages, no one NEEDS to go out to ridiculous movies at huge prices, no one NEEDS a car costing more than $20,000, and so forth. Everyone but the lowest 1/3 has plenty more than they need and can afford higher taxes.

That's what Jesus would do.
Obamas Brain

Port Jefferson, NY

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Ms Christian wrote:
Tax everyone more, the middle class especially. No one NEEDS an Ipod, no one NEEDS to pay phone companies $100+ a month to send inane text messages, no one NEEDS to go out to ridiculous movies at huge prices, no one NEEDS a car costing more than $20,000, and so forth. Everyone but the lowest 1/3 has plenty more than they need and can afford higher taxes.
That's what Jesus would do.
Are you trying to say Jesus is for income tax or are you being sarcastic?
Get a Clue

East Hampton, CT

#14 Feb 6, 2009
This just goes to show how clueless these union leaders are. Raise taxes on the "wealthy" - meaning business owners, and all you will end up with are layoffs for your members. It is really too bad that the members of these unions, many of whom are hard working people, follow the jerks who run the unions like a bunch of lemmings even though they are the ones who will get hurt.
Obamas Brain

Port Jefferson, NY

#15 Feb 6, 2009
Best thing to do to stimulate the economy is to abolish the federal reserve and income taxes.
Get out

Canton, GA

#16 Feb 7, 2009
Steve VZ wrote:
But these pigs want to cut the pay of the people who work to support the entire state. God I gotta get outta here.
Run don't walk outta of CT I did 5 years ago moved south and live a better life.
Shafted

New York, NY

#17 Feb 8, 2009
Ernie wrote:
Why not take a look at where all this frikkin money is going? In my town you cant go to te hospital without waitng hours for care because they are overloaded with illegal immigrants who dont pay for services. If we dont get a grip on the basics we are certainly doomed.
You got that right, and we give them every hand out you can imagine. I'm sick of paying for them while the working class person suffers. Food stamps, energy assistance, medicare, I'd like to see one of us try to get that. Send them packing back to where they came from.
Chris

Southbridge, MA

#19 Feb 8, 2009
"But there's still a lot of people in this country making a lot of money," he said, adding that Greenwich is like

"another world."

"Many have so much they don't even know how to spend it," Olsen said.

The sense of entitlement here is off the charts. When I read statements like these, it reinforces my negative opinions of labor unions in general, and labor union leaders specifically.

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