On the subject of increasing taxes, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont put himself front and center with submission of his FY2020 state budget. The spending plan, which Lamont rolled out last week, includes a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages which he projected would raise over $163 million. Although a number of cities and counties across the country have enacted some sort of tax on sugary beverages, no state has done so and the Governor did not even mention the proposal in his remarks to lawmakers on the budget submission. Should the proposal pass, Connecticut would be the first state to enact a statewide soda tax. Lamont’s budget proposal also included a new 10 cent surcharge on the use of plastic bags across the state, ostensibly to erase the $2 Billion state budget deficit.