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Fairfield Rep. Devlin: New State Network ‘Tax’ Will Harm Residents

State Rep. Laura Devlin is opposing a bill that would establish a new state civic television network.
State Rep. Laura Devlin is opposing a bill that would establish a new state civic television network. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Saying that the last thing Connecticut residents need is another “tax,” State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-Fairfield, Trumbull) came out against a proposed bill which would establish a new state civic television network that would be on cable consumers’ monthly bills.

The proposed State Civic Network is intended to expand the current Connecticut Network to provide live and archived coverage of the proceedings of all three branches of state government, public policy discussions, debates, press conferences, civic events and elections.

The proposed bill, SB-104, An Act Establishing the State Civic Network, would move the current funding line-item for the current CT-N outside the purview of the General Assembly, and provides a funding system supported by cable customers and approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

“I will tell you, the people I see every day in Fairfield and Trumbull are fed up with the never-ending clamor for additional taxes and fees," said Devlin. “Connecticut residents are already paying some of the highest taxes in the country. I have serious concerns about allowing the imposition of a new tax with no limitation in the amount.”

Devlin expressed particular concern over the effects of the proposed new law on seniors.

“With younger generations choosing to cut the cord and stop using cable television, our aging populations, some of which are on fixed incomes, will be burdened with this additional tax,” she said.

According to studies, 15 percent of millennials have said they cancelled their cable subscription for alternative services such as Netflix and Hulu, compared to 3 percent of the baby boomer generation.

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