Kevin B Sullivan

Lawmakers Review Malloy Tax Plan

Lawmakers Review Malloy Tax Plan

A key legislative committee debated Friday over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s revenue package that covers hiking taxes on cigarettes, gasoline, real estate sales and hotel rooms.

As the state is facing a deficit of nearly $200 million in the current fiscal year and higher deficits in the future, the tax-writing finance committee is facing a deadline of April 6 to craft a tax package in order to balance the state’s budget. Following those recommendations, the legislature will try to finalize the budget before the regular session adjourns on May 9.

Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, a West Hartford Democrat, testified Friday in favor of raising the state’s cigarette tax, which is currently...