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Gov. Ned Lamont’s first budget will include a series of new “sin tax” proposals, including levies on sugary drinks, electronic cigarettes and plastic bags, and deposits on alcoholic beverages.

Lamont, who must submit his first two-year budget proposal to the General Assembly on Wednesday, also will recommend raising the age, from 18 to 21, to purchase both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

“State government is going to step up,” Lamont said during a taped appearance on Capitol Report, WTNH-TV8’s political affairs program, which airs on Sunday. “These are the sins of the 21st century.”

Lamont released limited details on these taxes and charges, but proposals include a 10-cent tax on plastic bags,  a 75 percent on e-cigarettes, a 25-cent deposit on liquor bottles, and a nickel deposit on 50 milliliter bottles of alcohol, sometimes referred to as “nip” bottles.

Lamont did not discuss the rates of the sugary drinks. 

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Tax on sugary drinks tops Lamont’s list of new ‘sin taxes’
Levies on e-cigarettes, plastic bags and new liquor deposits also recommended

By Keith M. Phaneuf, The CT Mirror, February 17, 2019

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