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Budget Chief: We Tried To Be Fair

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Governor Malloy Budget Director Benjamin Barnes

Governor Malloy Budget Director Benjamin Barnes

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief says he’s well aware that many industries in Connecticut are upset with various tax increases being proposed to help cover the state’s deficit, but he says efforts were made to spread the pain as fairly as possible.

Benjamin Barnes, the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, appeared Monday before the General Assembly’s tax-writing committee to answer questions about the proposed $1.5 billion in tax increases included in Malloy’s budget plan.

Barnes said he does not want to drive industries out of the state and is evaluating concerns being raised by various groups, such as the car and marine dealers. While he suggested some changes could be made, Barnes said he doesn’t necessarily believe a new sales tax could eliminate an entire industry.

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

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