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Proposed tax changes put squeeze on boat industry

This time of year Connecticut's shoreline is beginning to wake up. The start of boating season is just weeks away. Dock workers have already taken the protective shrink wrap off some boats. Restaurants are sprucing up outdoor tables and sun umbrellas.

This was to have been the season that the tide turned for the state's marine industry, which has seen boat sales slip 70 percent since 2008. But those hopes are foundering as legislators consider new taxes aimed at boat owners and boating companies.

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