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BTL: Governor of Nation's Wealthiest State Rejects 'Millionaires' Tax'...
29 Jun 2002
...in Favor of Cutting Services for Poor. Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus interviews Shelly Geballe, co-director of Connecticut Voices for Children.
Governor of Nation's Wealthiest State Rejects 'Millionaires' Tax' in Favor of Cutting Services for Poor.

Interview by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

Like many other states, Connecticut is wrestling with a massive budget deficit -- almost a billion dollars on a budget of $13.5 billion. But unlike other states, Connecticut is once again number one in terms of per capita income in the U.S., according to the latest census data. Research by the non-profit group Connecticut Voices for Children shows that during the 1990s, the income gap between the state's poorest and wealthiest families increased dramatically, with the poor getting poorer and the rich getting much richer.

So a new coalition called "One Connecticut" -- made up of dozens of social service and social justice groups in the state -- proposed a temporary "millionaire's tax" as the most equitable way to help close the budget deficit. The tax consisted of a one percent surcharge on personal income over a million dollars that would be imposed for two years. A budget that incorporated the tax was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature, but vetoed by Gov. John Rowland, a Republican.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Shelly Geballe, co- director of Connecticut Voices for Children, about the state's budget woes and who is likely to suffer in one of the nation's wealthiest states, if program cuts are made to balance the budget.

Connecticut Voices for Children can be contacted at (203) 498- 4240 or visit their website at: www.ctkidslink.org

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

Bush administration using "war on terrorism" to restore military ties with Indonesian army -- a force guilty of gross human rights abuses. ("Indonesia poses test for U.S. on human rights," Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2002)
Sinn Fein wins five seats in the Irish Republic's Dublin Parliament. ("Sinn Fein Rising," The Nation, June 24, 2002)
Female inmates receiving substandard health care for reproductive and breast cancer. ("A Cancer Grows," The Nation, May 6, 2002)

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