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Rick Scott

I Don't Want To Go, But Less-Pricey Florida Keeps Calling

I Don't Want To Go, But Less-Pricey Florida Keeps Calling

When I retired five years ago, my wife and I purchased a second residence in Naples, Fla., our winter home away from Avon. As a retiree, my time in Florida has highlighted Connecticut's cost of living.

I moved to Connecticut in the early 1970s. The state did not have an income tax at that time. Of course, today we do. And somehow, we are still in the red. The issue is not taxation (we have income tax, real estate tax, auto property tax, estate tax and sales tax), it's spending. For example, in 2000, Connecticut's annual budget was $12.3 billion. Today, the annual budget is $20 billion and not balanced. That's an $8 billion spending increase.

As a retiree, my issue is simple...

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