NORWALK - Starting today, many Connecticut taxpayers will notice a bigger chunk of money taken out of their paychecks for taxes.

Lawmakers approved a retroactive income tax hike to help balance the state budget.

Lawmakers say the new tax will not affect single-filers who earn less than $50,000 per year and married taxpayers who earn less than $100,000 per year.

Yet a couple who earns $150,000 per year will see a $950 increase, and a couple earning $250,000 will have to pay $2,200 more this year. Money that taxpayers have already earned is also affected.Income tax increase takes workers by surprise