Last month, the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee released a preliminary bill that would slash the funding for the VITA program in half from $15 million to $7.5 million.
The House Appropriations Committee is marking up this bill on Thursday, and we need your help to ensure that VITA is fully funded (at $15 million in 2018) so states can continue to provide vital community tax preparation services to hard-working Americans.
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This Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., April the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will hear testimony regarding Raised Bill No. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages. If passed, the bill would place a one cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The bill is intended to encourage consumers to choose healthier options. It is estimated that the tax will produce about $140 million dollars and the revenue produced by the tax would be placed in a fund for obesity prevention programs and Care4Kids.
For more information, check out these resources:
- The American Heart Foundation's Connecticut Fact Sheet on Sugary Drink Taxes
- The American Heart Foundation's General Fact Sheet on Sugary Drink Taxes
How to testify:
The hearing will take place in Room 2E of the LOB. Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff at 10:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov.