Lamont survived a sharp analytical cuffing at the usual left of center political pit stops -- MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” hangouts for anti-Trump progressives such as U.S. Senators Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy -- but the WSJ is a tough assignment for a progressive Democrat governor who sometimes use words as magical incantations. Words, however, are only powerfully effective when they convey objective truth. And the truth is – Connecticut, run by progressive Democrats in the General Assembly for the last three or more decades, has pretty much landed in intensive care, and magical incantations will not cure what ails it.
$515 million increase in healthcare provider taxes, which are passed on to patients through higher insurance costs and payments for medical care; $340 million raised by a new 0.5 percent payroll tax to pay for paid FMLA; $163 million from a new soda tax; $71.5 million property tax increase by 2022, to pay for teacher pension payments; $70 million income tax increase, mostly from canceled exemptions; $50 million corporate tax increase (average of two years), includes an offset for elimination of the Business Entity Tax; $41.6 million in license and fee increases; $30.2 million plastic bag tax; $17.8 million in other miscellaneous tax increases, including on vaping, a real estate conveyance tax increase on homes over $800,000, and an increase in the movie ticket tax.”