FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that his idea of giving $55 tax rebates to taxpayers will not come to fruition, according to the Hartford Courant.
Malloy announced Monday that the rebates would not occur this year "because lagging tax collections have made the projected state budget surplus smaller than expected," according to the Courant report. Malloy also told the Courant that the plan was not a gimmick.
"Let's be very clear. My position is not different. The circumstances are different," Malloy said, according to the Courant.
Malloy announced in January that he wanted to use a portion of the state’s $505 million surplus to give a refund to Connecticut taxpayers. His plan would have given individuals $55 and joint filers $110, according to previous reports from Daily Voice.
“We should give something back to Connecticut taxpayers, because if the people of Connecticut are going to share in the sacrifice during tough times, they should also share in the recovery as things begin to turn around,” Malloy said of the refund in his State of the State address.
But about 49 percent of Connecticut voters think the refunds are a “bad idea,” compared with 43 percent who favor the refunds, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. But when asked whether the idea was “a political gimmick” or “good public policy,” 63 percent of respondents leaned toward gimmick, while only 23 percent felt it was a good policy, the poll says.
More than 80 percent of Daily Voice users polled agreed that the idea was a gimmick.