The now-infamous state employee suggestion box — a tool used by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to supposedly save $270 million but disappeared, never to be heard from again – may have returned in a new bill, albeit with a few enhancements. A bill before the Government Administration and Elections Committee ...
Yankee Honored for Groundbreaking Research
Yankee Institute’s program “The Care and Feeding of Connecticut’s Congressmen” has taxpayers grumbling all across Connecticut as they learn about how their Members of Congress spend their hard-earned tax dollars.
The project posted every line item of spending in the Connecticut delegation’s personal congressional offices and has been a popular request from rank-and-file conservatives since Yankee unveiled it last summer.
The project has incurred attacks from two of Connecticut’s five members, which only served to bring additional attention to the project.
It is a staple in Yankee’s speeches to local taxpayer organizations and other supportive activists, and even highlights fun information like which Member spent the most on bottled water.
John Kramer, SPNovation judge, and Vice President for Communications at the Institute for Justice had the following to say about the program: “An innovative program doesn’t need to be an expensive one.
Thanks to the Yankee Institute’s research and promotion, Connecticut lawmakers and their largess are being properly taken to account. In the end, these government fat cats are spending our money. The Yankee Institute’s work reminds them that we’re watching and that our tax dollars must be spent with care.”
Requiring municipalities to take more responsibility for their teachers’ pension costs makes some sense – if those towns have the power to lower those pensions or the teachers’ other compensation. To do so any other way is old-style taxation without representation, of the sort for which we gave King George the boot. ...