CT Capitol Report Headline Reads – The Oracle: Pelto: Told you so…

While some tend to fall back on the phrase, “I told you so” much too often, the truth is that rarely does one get a chance to point to someone else confirming an individual’s claim that that they really were right when others were wrong….

So with that as the backdrop and propelled by an opportunity to brag, tempered by an appropriate dose of humility, I am proud to report that ctcapitolreport, the state’s leading news aggregation website, is sporting a headline that reads – The Oracle: Pelto: Told you so…

The reference is to my long-standing and on-going observation that in order to balance next year’s Connecticut state budget, provide sufficient revenue to fund critical services and begin to reduce the unfair tax burden on Connecticut’s middle class, Connecticut’s elected officials must find the courage to actually do what is necessary and that means appending Connecticut’s tax code to require that the state’s wealthy begin to pay their fair share of taxes.

Longer term Wait, What? readers will recall that this blog does cover issues other than the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing Scheme.

In fact, another primary focus of this blog has traditionally been Connecticut’s irresponsible fiscal policies that have resulted in a truly regressive tax system in which the state’s lowest income families pay about 12 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle class pay about 10 percent of their income in state and local taxes and the wealthy, who have been coddled by both Democrats and Republicans, only pay about 5 to 6 percent of their income in state and local taxes.

While the inequities in Connecticut’s tax system have been growing for decades, the problem has become particularly severe as a result of Governor Dannel Malloy’s unending fiscal gimmicks and his unprecedented dedication and addiction to irresponsible fiscal policies.

The article the website www.ctcapitolreport.com  is referring to is a news story posted early today by Connecticut’s premier budget reporter, Keith Phaneuf of the CTMirror.

Phaneuf has written another MUST READ story for those who want to understand Connecticut’s state budget and how Governor Dannel Malloy lied his way through the 2014 gubernatorial campaign by claiming there was no state deficit and that if he was re-elected we would eliminate the projected $1.4 billion projected deficit for next year without having to raise taxes or cut services.

Keith Phaneuf’s latest article is entitled “Tax hike ideas abound at the Capitol,” and can be found at: http://ctmirror.org/2015/03/23/tax-hike-ideas-abound-at-the-capitol/

The CT Mirror piece concludes with the following;

Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto, D-Mansfield, who tried unsuccessfully to petition onto the 2014 gubernatorial ballot, predicted last summer that the big budget deficits projected for the next two fiscal years would eventually force a progressive income tax debate this spring.

“Requiring the wealthy to pay their fair in state income tax is the only responsible way to balance the state budget and begin to reduce the heavy and inappropriate burden on Connecticut’s middle-income taxpayers,” Pelto said last week. “Failure to require the rich to pay their fair share will mean unacceptable cuts in vital services and hurting the middle class and all working families by shifting even more of the tax burden onto local property taxpayers.

Or, in other words, “I told you so.”

  • Alex Taubes

    You should have challenged him in the primary! You waited too long.

    And as oracles go, “politicians understate the extent of the need to raise taxes” is a relatively unimpressive prophecy!

  • Philip Stull

    Another way of thinking about this is that they are willful liars, and the Corporate media here in our state went along with spreading these lies. This site and a few others may have told the truth, but in did not penetration to a sufficient number of voters. Just like now, the ills of the Corporate attempt to use public educational as a new profit center is now getting wider realization. Anyone remember the anti-war movement in the 60’s, well once we removed the draft, war became much more popular. It takes awhile to have things like the effects of not having a draft have had on our country and the world, because like most families, we have many other seemingly more important things to do than paying attention to what the government is doing.One thing that I believe we must do is watch less Corporate media and search out other types of information to widen what we read, listen to, and see. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and all others have an editorial point of view and it used every minute of the day to shape our understanding of what is important and what is not. If today they think Hillary’s e-mails should be hit a few more minutes than today there will be many more TV minutes hitting that story. It is hard to avoid their priorities. Spring weather is coming, it is just too slow this year.

  • Tom Burns

    Of course you are right Jon–so lets start your next campaign now–with $$$ and real across the board support–you are right on every issue but you won’t be backed by either party–so we start now, if you are up to it—but it can’t be like Nader or Paul–it has to overwhelm the other two parties and show it can be done–you have capable people in your corner, both liberal and conservative–the timing is perfect–but you need to get real with the organization–I am up for it-are you?? you have my # call me–or you can just be another blogger spitting in the wind–although your blog is valued—time to really reemerge–if you have the gumption–Tom (I got your back)