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The President's Budget & Connecticut

The President’s Budget funds America’s priorities, provides the largest debt reduction in history and provides fair and responsible tax relief. In Connecticut, the budget:

Benefits an estimated 218,000 Connecticut small businesses and entrepreneurs by reducing marginal tax rates and making the Research & Development tax credit permanent.

Provides tax relief for roughly 1.4 million Connecticut citizens who pay taxes.

Provides relief for an estimated 643,000 Connecticut married couples by reducing the Marriage Penalty.

Provides relief for an estimated 300,000 Connecticut families by doubling the Child Tax Credit.

Fully funds the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to help protect Connecticut’s families against fuel shortages and price hikes.

Increases Connecticut's education funding over current levels to more than $369 million to give local schools more tools to ensure that no child is left behind.

Increases Connecticut’s Head Start funding over current levels to more than $49 million to better prepare Connecticut’s children for success in school.

Increases funding to more than $425 million in housing assistance and services for low-income Connecticut citizens.

Provides more than $4.5 million in funding for water resource projects along Connecticut’s rivers and waterways.

Provides more than $36 million to fund Connecticut environmental protection efforts.

Provides $5.4 million to help conserve Connecticut’s natural resources – a 288% increase over current levels just for Connecticut.

Provides an estimated $433 million in highway funding for Connecticut.

Provides $391 million for programs and grants to help local fire departments and emergency services in Connecticut and all across America with training, equipment, and fire fighting and lifesaving efforts.

Provides a $5.6 billion National Emergency Reserve to aid Connecticut and other states struck by disasters.

Increases Connecticut’s funding over current levels to more than $16.7 million to help more Connecticut children awaiting adoption find loving homes faster.

The President’s Budget Funds Important Priorities for Connecticut:

Improving Education. Provides the Education Department with the largest percentage spending increase of any federal department (11.5% or $4.6 billion) and triples funding for children’s reading programs.

Protecting Social Security. Locks away every penny of the $2.6 trillion Social Security surplus for Social Security.

Preserving Medicare. Spends every dime of Medicare receipts over the next 10 years only for Medicare, increases funding over the next year by $21 billion, and modernizes Medicare with an integrated prescription drug benefit.

Strengthening Defense. Improves quality of life of our troops and their families and begins the transition to a 21st century force.

Improving Healthcare. Doubles funding for NIH medical research on important health issues like cancer, the largest funding increase in NIH history. Creates more than 1,200 new community health centers nationwide to make health care more accessible.

Protecting the Environment. Fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a $900 million commitment, with nearly $5.4 million targeted for Connecticut’s conservation efforts; gives the EPA the second highest operating budget ever -- $3.7 billion, with more than $36 million targeted for Connecticut’s environmental efforts; and increases funding for the EPA $56 million above the amount requested by President Clinton.

Connecticut Will Benefit from the President’s Historic Debt Reduction:

The President’s Budget provides the fastest, largest debt reduction in history and reduces the debt to its lowest share of the economy since World War I, which will benefit Connecticut citizens in many important ways.

Fair and Responsible Tax Relief for all Connecticut Taxpayers:

Provides the typical family of four in Connecticut paying income taxes $1,600 in tax relief.

An estimated 1.4 million Connecticut taxpayers stand to benefit by the new, lowered rate structure.

An estimated 218,000 Connecticut small businesses and entrepreneurs stand to benefit from the tax cut.

1 in 5 taxpaying families with children will no longer pay any income tax at all – completely removing 6 million American families from the tax rolls.

A family of four in Connecticut making $35,000 a year will receive a 100% federal income tax cut.

A family of four in Connecticut making $50,000 a year will receive a 50% tax cut – receiving at least $1,600.

A family of four in Connecticut making $75,000 a year will receive a 25% tax cut.

The marginal income tax rate on low-income families will fall by more than 40%.

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