AUTO DEALERS OBJECT TO MALLOY TAX PLAN; HE WALKS INTO UNION FIRE THIS MORNING

In the start of what could very well be a parade of groups coming forward with objections, Connecticut auto dealers say they are unhappy with parts of the tax proposal of Gov. Malloy. Specifically, they object to a proposed 3-percent luxury tax on cars costing more than $50,000 and the elimination of the sales tax exemption on trade-ins.

Showing again that he isn’t backing down in the face of hard choices, Malloy faced the dealers and engaged in a spirited debate at a breakfast meeting yesterday.

While he is getting credit in some quarters for not taking the easy way out on the budget, the auto dealers are probably just one of many groups that will object to parts of the plan that affects them. As the saying goes, if no one is completely happy, he’s probably on the right course.

Meanwhile, Malloy walks into the belly of the beast again this morning (this from the governor’s office):
(HARTFORD, CT) – On Friday, Governor Malloy will continue speaking to Connecticut citizens about his budget proposal, and hear their thoughts and suggestions, as well. With his new Labor Commissioner Glenn Marshall, Governor Malloy will speak with labor groups about his proposal and answer questions they may have.

WHO: Governor Malloy, union members
WHAT: Governor Malloy addresses union members
WHEN: Friday, March 4, 2011; 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hilton Hartford Hotel; 315 Trumbull Street, Hartford (3rd floor west/center ballroom)