CT finance panel approves restaurant bailout, new taxes on wealthy and digital ads

The Democrat-controlled panel also endorsed a revenue package that includes a new highway use tax on large, commercial trucks and new state and municipal sales taxes on recreational marijuana. Gov. Ned Lamont, who is more fiscally conservative than many of his fellow Democrats in the legislature, wasted little time Thursday in saying he would not support the package. The revenue plan, adopted largely along party lines, now will be coupled with the spending proposal for the next two fiscal years that was adopted Wednesday by the Appropriations Committee. Together they form the foundation for final negotiations on a new state budget between legislative leaders and Lamont. The two sides hope to reach a deal before the regular legislative session ends on June 9.


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