By STEPHEN SINGER,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The array of taxes proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to close a massive deficit dominated his budget chief’s first appearance before Connecticut legislators since the governor unveiled his proposed two-year budget of nearly $40 billion.

Benjamin Barnes met Thursday with the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which quizzed the budget chief about
taxes and finance. Republican Sen. Rob Kane asked Barnes to defend Malloy’s assertion that Connecticut is open for business despite the proposed tax increases.

Barnes said Malloy’s proposals to raise sales taxes, keep a 10 percent business surcharge, tax electric generation and impose other taxes is better than alternatives such as cutting funding to local governments that he said could lead to higher property taxes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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