The following are highlights of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year, $40 billion budget for the state of Connecticut:
— Increases overall spending by 3.3 percent in the first year and 3.1 percent in the second year.
— About 300 to 400 unfilled state jobs will remain vacant for an entire year.
— The budget does not include any state employee layoffs, furlough days or early retirement proposals.
— Eliminates the $50 clothing exemption from the state sales tax.
— Reduces the sales tax rate from 6.35 percent to 5.95 percent by April 1, 2017.
— Delays planned increase in personal income tax exemption for single filers. Also delays increase in Earned Income Tax Credit program.
— Eliminates the $250 biennial business entity tax.
— Limits use of tax credits by hospitals and corporations.
— Reduces burial benefit funded by the State Administered General Assistance program from $1,800 to $1,000.
— Closes Department of Social Services office in Torrington as part of consolidation effort.
— Includes funding for 25 new clients annually in Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services young adult services program.
— Moves adults on HUSKY A health insurance program with income at 138 percent above federal poverty level to state’s health insurance exchange.
— Reduces the monthly personal needs allowance for nursing home residents from $60 to $50.
— Closes new intake for state-funded home health care for individuals at risk of hospitalization or short-term nursing home care.
— Includes design and engineering funding for the I-84 viaduct, expansion of I-95 from Stamford to Bridgeport, the Waterbury mix-master and the I-91 ramp to the Charter Oak Bridge.
— Includes funding for new rail cars, repairs to bridges along New Haven Line, expansion of rail stations, expansion of bus services and construction of parking facilities.
— Creates commission to come up with ideas to fund $100 billion of transportation projects over 30 years.
— Provides funding to add about 1,800 more seats in magnet schools and 1,250 seats in charter schools.
— Keeps funding at current levels for state’s Education Cost Sharing grant to local schools.
— Charges municipalities the full cost of the resident state trooper program.
— Extends hours for liquor sales and changes to fixed pricing system.
Sources: Office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.
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