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Danbury's Boughton Makes Bold Proposal To Eliminate State Income Tax

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has said he is considering a run for governor of Connecticut in 2018.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has said he is considering a run for governor of Connecticut in 2018. Photo Credit: Facebook/Mark Boughton

DANBURY, Conn. — Did the campaign begin? Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton weighed in on state politics in an interview and suggested eliminating the state income tax.

Boughton, a possible Republican gubernatorial candidate and critic of Gov. Dannel Malloy, told the website Reclaim Connecticut in an interview that it was time to think out of the box. The popular Danbury mayor Tweeted a link to the interview.

In it, he said that state government would then be scaled down "to what it oughta be," Reclaim Connecticut said.

The mayor answered a few questions about the interview on his popular Twitter account.

"I hope you have more of a plan than this, to re-coup lost revenue. Cutting taxes without a plan will create an East Coast version of Kansas," one person Tweeted to Boughton.

The mayor replied, "You have to realign some revenue. But CT has a spending problem not a revenue problem."

To elaborate on that point, Boughton said, "It means that eliminating the state income tax as part of comprehensive plan is the way to go. Or we can keep doing what we've always done."

Larry Kudlow‏, a conservative commentator and host of CNBC's "The Kudlow Report," also Tweeted to Boughton about the plan.

"Eliminate CT state income tax @MayorMark. Right on!," Kudlow said via Twitter.

Click here to read the interview at the Reclaim Connecticut website.

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