Malloy’s Plan To Hike Luxury Tax Draws Ire In Greenwich

GREENWICH, CT (CBSNewYork) — Is it a reasonable luxury tax to help a cash starved state or another unfair shot at the rich?

Some residents in Greenwich are not liking Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy‘s proposal to raise the sales tax to 9.35 percent on expensive luxury cars.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau: The Outrage Has A State Senator Incensed

Greenwich is home to more than 2,000 owners of high end cars like Bentleys and Aston Martins. Owners of these cars are expressing outrage over the jump in the sales tax.

If approved, vehicles costing more than $50,000 would fall into the new, higher bracket and in a place like Greenwich, the tax would affect a lot of people.

“I think it’s devastating to Greenwich,” one woman told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

“Go after someone else. That’s my opinion,” Alfredo Catalano said.

The so-called shared sacrifice approach to paying off Connecticut’s budget deficit isn’t only targeting luxury buyers but car dealerships too.

“You make a lot of money, but you still don’t want to spend it or give it to the government. You still want to keep it for your family,” Mercedes Sales Manager John Mazzeo said.

There’s concern potential buyers will go out of state and even register the vehicles at a second home.

The sentiment has incensed State Senator Edith Prague, whose work for the poor and aging in Connecticut is legendary.

“It is unbelievable to me that those people don’t know what’s going on around them and they have the nerve to complain about paying a few more dollars in taxes!” Prague told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “They ought to keep quiet and pay the taxes and be thankful that they have so much.”

“Those people are driving those cars for pleasure so if they can afford that, I would charge them 20 percent more,” Halina Gorecka said.

Do you think this is an unfair shot at the rich? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • John E.

    I don’t think the article said it was going to the “slackers”, what I read was it was going to the state deficit. Now being pretty wealthy, or having a family who is at least, I don’t mind the tax hike-just not that high. My father works 60 hours a week (if not more) and mother works 40 hours a week (if not more). So the question I ask is why does my family have to pay more taxes not for improving the state but because the people in office didn’t know how to use a calculator? To a lot of “wealthy” people who are too greedy to give a little bit more for any reason it seems…How did you get those nice jobs, cars, houses? It’s because of the people at the bottom…those “slackers”. Right now I’m saving money for college and work a simple day job, and its people like me and the ones I work with that create YOUR wealth and do it for the bare minimum. When you went to college, who fed you, cleaned your campus and dorms?–Those “slackers” did. So stop blaming your greed and lack of being able to help out on other people when you are clearly just being a snob.

  • mm

    Gov, please go F urself…we work 4 months of every year to pay taxes!!! F U ALL!!!

  • Philip Scharfy

    The dummies! If yoou don’t like being gouged by greedy socialists move to states like Flrida and Texas — run by normal folk

  • Serge Grynkewich

    I think it is reasonable to increase taxes on the rich. Our country is facing a situation of the poor getting poorer while the rich keep increasing their wealth. It’s time to redistribute that wealth before we wind up with a lot of social unrest or at worst a revolution on our hands – which has happened in many countries in the past and still goes on today.

  • Buddy

    Obviouslyy anybody that can afford a Bentley or Aston Martin has no worries about money ….an increase in their taxes should not even be an issue! Tax ’em!! Maybe the common man’s taxes will finally drop if the ultra rich pay their fare share!!!

    • Rick

      The wealthy pay much more than there “fare” share.

      When’s the last time you were hired by a poor man?

      The libs stand for nothing more than social “justice” and wealth redistribution, while keeping the poor…..poor. They are the scourge of this country.

  • Greg

    A flat tax for everyone. 20% would do it and no one would have to complain except the IRS because they would not have jobs.

  • Joe Schmoltz

    “FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF” the rich! Pay your share F’in F’ers! We’re tired of paying your share…The Jasmine Revolution in the U.S. is comin’ and you’ll be hidin’ underground to avoid the wrath of the disenfranchised in America. get ur @$$e$ to China! You can’t have ur cake and eat it to! Get the “F” outta our country, TRAITORS!

    • Philip Scharfy

      Another socialist loser whining…ho-hum

      • Daniel

        The needs of the many out weigh way the needs of the few.

    • Captain Brian Heise

      Joe your a losser dirtbag. If you had paid attention in school and done your homework you might be rich today. Now all you show is your selfish greed for someone else to pay your way. The top 5% of wage earnrs in this country already pay 47% of all Federal taxes. Just do your homework Joe and get the facts straight so you don’t sound like a nuckle dragging Neanderthal next time.

      • Michael H.

        The top 1% of wage earners in this country hold 40% of the wealth. The top 10% has 70% of the wealth. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to make them pay their fair share.

        I think you need to worry about being seen as a “nuckle” dragging Neanderthal when you don’t understand basic math.

    • Rick

      This thread is chock-full of Socialist and Communists. Sad, so sad.

  • danny

    Tommy, you misread the entire article. It is not a sales tax on everything. The article states the lase tax are for high end luxury cars like Aston, Bentley, or other obnoxiously high priced cars. I seriously doubt the rich are supporting this country. Thats why they keep getting richer. I know your not rich. You’re just another brainwashed American listening to what others tell you. Open your eyes and mind and turn off the TV.
    I am in full support of a Millionaires Tax. With great power comes great responsibility.

    • Tommy

      Danny, you must not have gone to 4th grade English class. It’s not “your not rich”, it’s “you’re not rich”. I don’t consider myself “rich”, I own a small business and I make about $200K a year. Almost 1/2 (43% to be exact) of my income goes to federal, state, and local taxes. Take a look at the facts Danny, the top 5% of earners pay 80% of the taxes in this country, that is a fact. Keep overtaxing those whom make a lot of money and they will do 1 of 2 things – either stop working hard to make a lot of money (and stop paying taxes) or they will hide it in foreign banks and/or invest overseas (which many are already doing to an extent). The problem in this country is not the “rich” being under taxed. The problem is there are too many D-bags like you who do nothing, earn nothing, create nothing, and expect everything to be provided for them “by others”. If everyone in this country worked as hard as I do we would not need to talk about any of these issues, there would be plenty of money to pay the bills and nobody would be sitting at home waiting for a public assistance check (yes, public assistance includes unemployment too).

      • Greg


      • Rick

        100% agree

    • Fred Flinstone

      Society doesn’t owe anyone a living Danny!

  • Another Poor Tax Payer

    Maybe you should be the first to go Paul. I don’t think Connecticut needs uneducated folks who don’t know what they are talking about. Its an exodus pal, and you should start it.

  • Elijah

    boy I tell you people always commenting about things they know absolutely nothing about get a life. The lower class have always paid more taxes then the higher class NumbNuts!!!!

  • Tommy

    Why should anyone stay quiet when we pay about 1/2, yes that’s right 1/2, of our paychecks to taxes already? The “wealthy” are already supporting this whole country as it is, now this blowhard wants us to pay extra sales tax. Maybe Ms. Prague should keep quiet before she gets voted out of her job.

    • Michael H.

      The wealthy should be supporting this country as the wealthy hold the vast majority of the wealth. When you hold most of the money, you pay most of the taxes. It’s not that difficult to understand.

  • Paul Kohloff

    there you go a democrat who is going to raise taxs,and your shocked over that.thats what they do take from the hard working people and give alittle to the slackers ,who are looking for the hand out.i can see the mad exitests now.

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