Malloy's Final State of the State

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Malloy is offering some of the same budget cuts rejected last year, such as eliminating the popular $200 property tax credit on the state income tax and taxing nonprescription drugs, like aspirin.

For the seventh year in a row he wants to change the decades-old minimum bottle pricing law on liquor, and the Connecticut Package Stores Association says it is ready for a fight once again because the measure would harm the small mom-and-pop stores across the state.

And then there's tolls.

For years, the legislature has rejected tolls as Republicans have said it is simply another tax on Connecticut drivers. Studies have shown that about 70 percent of the tolls would be paid by Connecticut drivers and about 30 percent by out-of-state drivers. The final bill has not been written on tolls, and Republicans say there could be as many as 78 tolling locations statewide that would include more than 10 each on the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95 between Greenwich and New Haven.

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