New Union Ad Targets Top GOP Leaders in Budget Battle

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A state employee union has taken aim at two top Republican lawmakers in a new TV ad that urges the General Assembly to impose higher taxes on Connecticut's wealthy citizens and corporations.

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by the Associated Press on July 20, 2017.

A state employee union has taken aim at two top Republican lawmakers in a new TV ad that urges the General Assembly to impose higher taxes on Connecticut’s wealthy citizens and corporations.

The 30-second spot , dubbed “Connecticut: The Movie,” was paid for by SEIU 1199, New England. It began airing statewide Thursday morning and comes days after state employee union leaders announced that rank-and-file members had approved a labor concession package that’s expected to save $1.5 billion over two years to help cover a projected two-year, $5 billion state budget deficit.

The ad accuses House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, of Derby, and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, of North Haven, of “siding with corporate lobbyists to protect billionaires and corporations.” Both leaders have said they oppose higher taxes and believe their respective budgets would garner greater labor savings than the concessions package, which is currently awaiting legislative approval. …

SF Chronicle 7/20

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