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Joe Courtney/ Income Tax Disparity
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04/19/2008
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A Talk with Congressman Courtney, plus - do the poor pay more in taxes?

 


2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney on WNPR's "Where We Live"2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney on WNPR's "Where We Live"Earlier this week, 2nd district U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney appeared on WNPR’s Where We Live. The Congressman took questions from WNPR listeners on a variety of subjects. Front and Center has highlights of that conversation, where he talks about the situation in Iraq. Courtney is a member of the House Armed Services committee, and he heard testimony earlier this month from General David Petraeus, commander of allied forces in Iraq.

Congressman Courtney is also a super delegate, an undecided super delegate. Both the Obama and Clinton campaigns are aggressively courting super delegates, and their vote may make the difference in this tight race. Courtney says that while he represents Connecticut and the second district as a congressman, that doesn’t necessarily apply to his role as a super delegate.

Plus, This week as many of us scrambled to get our federal and state tax returns in the mail, Connecticut Voices for Children released a report showing Connecticut’s poor and middle class families pay more of their income to pay for taxes than CT’s wealthy families. Joining the discussion is  Dr. Douglas Hall, the Associate director of research for Connecticut Voices for Children, and co-author of the report, and Connecticut Senate Majority leader, Senator Martin Looney, who has proposed a state earned income tax credit for Connecticut's poor families. A state EITC is one of the proposals from CT Voices for Children.


 
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