Rell: CT facing tough economic times

February 2, 2009 3:33:05 PM PST
Gov. M. Jodi Rell pledged Monday that her new budget will not raise taxes and will make state government more efficient and less expensive. Rell, who took her message to taxpayers' living rooms in a live television address, said Connecticut residents cannot afford additional taxes given job losses and the worsening economy.

"Tax increases balanced on your backs when you can least afford it is hardly fair," said Rell, a Republican, warning residents of the calls for new and higher taxes to pay for state services.

Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, appearing on WFSB-TV Channel 3 just after Rell's address, said he thinks higher taxes have "got to be on the table."

Rell's five-minute address from the governor's residence comes two days before she unveils a two-year tax and spending plan that attempts to address the state's burgeoning budget deficit problems.

While offering no specifics, she said the spending cuts "will be painful."

The next two fiscal years, beginning June 30, are projected to be $6 to $8 billion in the red. The current fiscal year is $1.1 billion in deficit.


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