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Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze

December 5, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut labor unions denounced a state commission report calling for a wage freeze for state employees and teachers while cutting taxes on the rich. The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth’s report on the state’s fiscal health, released Nov. 28, says that in order to reduce its budget deficit, Connecticut should cut $1 billion from its $20 billion budget and continue the wage freeze, impose a 2% sales tax on groceries, and stimulate the economy by cutting corporate taxes and lowering the top income-tax rate from 6.99% to 6.7%. “I would just say that the ‘Let Them Eat Cake Commission’ strikes again,” Connecticut AFL-CIO head Sal Luciano told the Connecticut Mirror. “The big business elites heading up this commission apparently missed one of the biggest takeaways from November 6: Connecticut voters aren’t buying the myth of trickle-down economics,” American Federation of Teachers Connecticut President Jan Hochadel said in a statement. The commission dropped its previous call for limits on collective bargaining by public-sector workers, and recommends mitigating the effect of the grocery tax by exempting food bought with food stamps and by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Read more

December 5, 2018

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