Meeting in special session, the Connecticut House of Representatives yesterday voted on an eclectic range of bills, with the most controversial centering on police reform and voting changes. Protesters outside the Capitol included unionized nursing home workers and teachers; police; self-designated representatives of Black Lives Matter; and the ACLU. The session began with Representatives testing technology and working out technical bugs. Most representatives connected to session electronically from their ...
The legislature is back in Hartford – and so is the Yankee Institute.
After three years “across the river” in East Hartford, the Yankee Institute has made its way back to our capitol city.
(Don’t miss the invitation to see our new office at the end of this post.)
Last year, we celebrated 30 years of representing taxpayers. This year, we will continue our advocacy for smarter, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and fewer obstacles to opportunity. In particular, we ask the General Assembly to:
- Keep the Cap. Respecting the spending cap — a speed limit on the growth of state spending — is the first step toward a responsible future and out of the “permanent fiscal crisis.” We also support the concept of Comptroller Lembo’s proposal to save unexpected tax revenue automatically.
- Focus transportation dollars on the roads and rails that best meet the needs of Connecticut’s people. Rather than building the New Haven to Springfield line for 3,500 commuters, properly maintain Metro North, which serves nearly 150,000 commuters.
- Take back control of Connecticut’s rapidly rising electric rates by eliminating the RPS mandates.
- Lower the cost and expand the supply of healthcare by eliminating certificate of need regulations.
- Focus state spending on the retired state employees who need it most by ending COLAs for pensions that exceed Connecticut’s median income. Move new employees to a 401(k)-style plan.
- Make sure transparency rules apply to all aspects of state government, including the UConn Foundation.
“We congratulate every leader elected last November, and welcome everyone back to Hartford,” said Carol Platt Liebau, Yankee Institute president. “Thank you for your service to the people of Connecticut. We’re delighted to invite all our friends to our open house in two weeks.”
Friends, supporters, members of the media: This means you! Please join us:
216 Main Street, Hartford
Wednesday, January 21, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Coffee and a light breakfast so please RSVP to Jessica@yankeeinstitute.org.
Our new office at 216 Main Street is set back behind our neighbors at 214 Main Street. Look for their white-columned building – we’re just up the driveway. We look forward to seeing you then!
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