A group that advocates for low- and middle-income families in Connecticut says there must be ways to make the state tax system more fair.
A community budget forum this Thursday, will focus on the impact of Connecticut’s tax system and labor policies on families. The forum, by Connecticut Voices for Children, will examine ways the state could see more economic justice.
Sana Shah, chief of staff at Connecticut Voices for Children, said one topic will be the “disconnect” between Connecticut as one of the wealthiest states in the U.S., and its wealth gap. She noted one reason is the state tax system.
“The average wealthy family is only paying 7.1% of their earnings in state and local taxes,” Shah said. “But our tax system is requiring our average low-income family to pay 26% of their income in taxes.”
A 2019 study by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services found this applied to people who earned less than $45,000 a year. Ultimately, Shah said one of the goals of this forum is to identify some recommendations that Connecticut Children for Voices can make to elected officials. It’s online, on Zoom, and starts at 6:30 p.m.
One specific point in the discussion will be the economic challenges of raising children in Connecticut. Earlier this year, Gov. Ned Lamont created the Child Tax Rebate, a subsidy for families raising kids and making under $100,000 a year. Shah finds child care challenges present another barrier for working mothers.
“For mothers who are working, and for mothers that have even higher wages,” Shah said. “There’s still a gender gap that exists – because they’re not able to have the same kind of flexibility as many of their male counterparts – because women still primarily take on child care.”
She added paying child care workers fairly would help make things easier for working parents. Shah’s group also advocates for making the Child Tax Rebate permanent.