Campaign for Fair Economy Seeks Tax Justice: Bank of America “Paid No Taxes” In CT In 2010!
A deep recession and the state budget crisis are prompting calls for “shared sacrifice” on the part of most Connecticut families, businesses, public employees and cities and towns this year. There’s apparently no such talk of sacrifice in the suites of Bank of America nor any legislation being advanced to end inequities that are tilting more of the tax on the working and middle class.
The Connecticut Action Coalition for a Fair Economy, backed by the consumer rights groups and labor organizations, organized protests in front of Bank of America branches on March 12th to call for tax justice. The actions followed a similar demonstration in Hartford on February 14th
In calling for a “balanced approach” the Coalition points to tax credits and subsidies that resulted in Bank of America paying “virtually no corporate income taxes last year.” According to state Department of Revenue Services data, “middle-class families already carry an unfair burden. Connecticut workers with annual earnings that average under $58,000 contribute 10 to 12% of their income to state and local taxes but those averaging $3.1 million pay less than 5% of their income.” On top of the unequal burdens in CT taxes, corporate CEOs and the very wealthy are receiving a huge windfall with the extension of the Bush-era tax breaks. By extending those breaks, the President and Congress at the end of 2010 gave Connecticut’s top 5% — those reporting annual earnings over $412,000 — a $3.1 billion break in their income taxes, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Billing itself as “a movement to rebuild the Middle-Class,” coalition members are urging Governor Malloy and the Legislature to put more progressivity in the state-income tax structure and not be reliant on regressive sales tax burdens nor the elimination of the property tax credit for homeowners. Malloy’s budget calls for only a slight increase of 2/10 of one percent in income tax rates for the wealthy – levies far below rates paid in surrounding states, including New York and New Jersey. For more information on the Coalition contact Alexandra Sevivas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berlin Vote On High School Renovations Is Tuesday
Voters in Berlin will go to the polls Tuesday, March 15th, in a second referendum to upgrade the town’s high school that has not had a major renovation since its inception.
The run up to the referendum has been marked by GOP opponents’ refusal to engage in a discussion of the issue with parents, educators and others in the community.
A Courant story cited the need for major renovations:
Parts of the school are nearly 60 years old. Supporters of the project argue that the school needs a complete overhaul. A national accrediting agency and the federal Office of Civil Rights have cited the school for numerous shortcomings. Supporters of the project say those groups identified only a few of the problems with the building, including out-of-date science labs.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are at Willard School, 1088 Norton Road; American Legion Post 68, 154 Porters Pass; Hubbard School, 139 Grove St.; Berlin Senior Center, 31 Colonial Drive; and Griswold School, 133 Heather Lane.
DTC Meets March 24th: Fair Economy Campaign To Be Discussed
The Democratic Town Committee will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 24th, at 7 p.m. On the agenda will be a discussion on the CT Fair Economy Campaign and a report on the municipal nominations process. The site of the meeting will be announced.
City Election: Candidate Forms Available
A five-member nominations committee within the Democratic Town Committee has been formed to review candidates for all city offices in 2011. In July, the town committee will make endorsements for all city offices to be on the ballot on Nov. 8, including mayor, tax collector, treasurer, city council by district (10), city council at large (5), board of education (3), board of assessment appeal (2) and constable (4). The July 19-26th period has been set as the time frame within which the major political parties make their endorsements.
For candidate information go to https://newbritaindemocrat.org/2011-endorsements/
Saint Patrick’s Day In New Britain: The “Best” Corned Beef and Cabbage At Irish Social Club
Members of the New Britain branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (New Britain Irish Social Club) will hold their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17th from 5 to 8 pm at 39 South Street, New Britain.
The “Best Irish Traditional Dinner You Have Ever Tasted” will be served for $10.00. Dinner includes Corned Beef & Cabbage, Cole Slaw, Carrots, Rye Bread & Desert. Coffee, tea & soft drinks available. Guinness, Smithwicks and other select libations available for a nominal fee.
New Britain Triad Breakfast Sunday March 20
The annual breakfast fundraiser for the New Britain Triad will be held on Sunday March 20 at the New Britain Senior Center, 75 Pearl Street, from 8 to 11 am. Advanced tickets for adults are $5.00 and $6 at the door; $4 for children older than three years old. Children under three are free. Menu includes: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, Coffee and Orange Juice. Free activities will include color contest for children, bake sale, jelly bean count contest. Music Sing Along by Steve Casillas. For more information or to buy an advanced ticket contact Officer Carol Zesut of the New Britain Police Department at (860) 826-3081.
End Quote: Annual Irish Blessing
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day