FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield's John McKinney is promising a middle-class income tax cut in his latest ad leading up the Republican primary in the race for Connecticut governor.
Watch the ad above with his running mate, former U.S. Comptroller David Walker. The Republican primary is slated for Aug. 12 statewide for voters who are a member of the party. He is challenging businessman Tom Foley, the GOP-endorsed candidate, in a bid to run against incumbent Democrat Dannel Malloy in November.
The plan is outlined at the campaign's website.
"With a projected $2.8 billion budget deficit, the best way to fix Connecticut is by fundamentally changing the way state government does business — and that starts by putting taxpayers first," the website says.
The plan has three goals, according to the website:
- Propose a balanced budget that reduces spending, funds mandated obligations and contains no new taxes.
- Preserve the two forms of tax relief built into next year’s budget.
- Eliminate the income tax for middle-income taxpayers.
These are some steps the campaign pledges to accomplish its goals, according to the website:
- Reduce overall proposed expenditure levels by a $1.4 billion.
- Eliminate expansion of programs and return to pre-expansion levels.
- Cut the overall size of state management (nonunion) positions.
- Seek fair concessions from state employee union leaders.
- Institute pension reform.
McKinney trails Foley in the most recent Quinnipiac Poll, which was released May 9. In that poll, conducted before the Republican Party's nominating convention and with more candidates in the race, Foley garnered 39 percent of the support, and McKinney got 8 percent.