With the 2015 Legislative Session open, Connecticut faces a structural fiscal deficit of nearly $175 million, under-performing tax receipts, crumbling infrastructure, and declining aid to municipalities.
The remedy is just as Henry George prescribed. CSE has been on the ground working to supply the research and analysis to motivate Legislative action.
- HB 5621 tackles an issue has been vexing municipalities all over the US for decades: decrease revenue loss from NPO Hospitals and Private Universities while supporting those entities benefit to the community. Recognizing the charitable purpose of the buildings, this bill would not impose a burden on the function of the charity, but would recoup to the community the value of the land that makes nonprofits want to be in urban areas.
- HB 6347 AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF LAND VALUE CAPTURE. This bill would require a full study presented to the Connecticut General Assembly on the feasibility of using land value capture as a financing tool for upgrade and maintenance of Connecticut’s Road infrastructure, as well as providing financing for rail upgrades and maintenance, an issue UrbanTools has addressed in the past.
- HB 5563 AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX. Although not strictly related to LVT, the recognition that taxation of wages is counterproductive, especially for people who and to a great degree on Social Security.
- *Since many authorities trace the beginning of Connecticut’s problems to the introduction of the state wage tax in 1991, this bill may be the first step forward to reduction of wage tax bills for Connecticut citizens.
- HB 6568 AN ACT CONCERNING PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES TO MUNICIPALITIES WITH GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS MANAGED BY THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY. Full reimbursement to CT Municipalities through PILOT for property tax losses associated with general aviation airports managed by the Connecticut Airport Authority.
CSE will continue to work with all those in support of the above noted. Let us know if you will join our efforts in support of these January 2015 Bill Introductions in CT.