CBIA Asks For A Meeting on Tax Package Before Special Session
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association delivered a letter to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Friday afternoon requesting a meeting to see if anything in the tax package can be changed.
The tax package, which increases corporate taxes by $282 million in the first year, was loudly panned by the business community in the final few days of the legislative session.
Joe Brennan, president and CEO of CBIA, said Malloy seemed open to possibly modifying the tax package at a press conference Thursday.
“Yesterday, you stated that the tax package presented questions for which there are no immediate answers, and suggested the opportunity to listen to the voices and concerns that are being expressed before the legislature meets in the upcoming special session,” Brennan wrote. “Therefore, I respectfully request that you convene a meeting at the earliest possible date with CBIA and legislative leaders from both parties so we can discuss with you the very real problems facing the state and how we can take advantage of the special session to rectify the situation.”
At that press conference, Malloy said there may be an opportunity to clarify some of the corporate taxes included in the budget. However, he didn’t say specifically whether that meant changing them or simply explaining them.
“I think the revenue package is the revenue package,” Malloy said. “I think it needs to be fully understood and to the extent it needs to be clarified it should be.”
As far as a meeting with the governor, a spokesman suggested Brennan could have asked for that several times over the past few days.
“The Governor and Joe have spoken several times in recent days—he’s happy to meet with him one-on-one. If he wanted a meeting, not sure why he didn’t just ask for one over the phone,” Devon Puglia, a spokesman for Malloy, said Friday.