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Yankee Institute Statement on Gov. Ned Lamont Meeting with Legislative Leaders to Discuss Tolls

“As Governor Ned Lamont meets with legislative leaders tomorrow to discuss transportation funding, we hope he will remember his campaign promise to save taxpayer money by reaching a deal with Connecticut’s government unions. Connecticut’s fiscal problems stem – not from a lack of transportation funding and not from the absence of tolls – but from its under-funded pensions and oversized labor costs. As a matter of basic fairness, before the governor (or anyone else) taxes Connecticut’s residents simply for driving to work, the people of Connecticut have a right to expect that these labor costs will first be addressed. Connecticut already spends far more on pensions than it does on transportation. Not one cent more should be demanded from taxpayers until Connecticut’s government can right-size its relationship with its labor unions and find true, lasting savings through structural reforms. Anything less is merely taking even more money out of the pockets of hard-working Connecticut families to pay for pensions and benefits redistributed to a small but powerful special interest group in state government.”

Statement by Carol Platt Liebau, President of Yankee Institute for Public Policy

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  1. Thad Stewart

    August 25, 2019 9:53 am

    The politicians in this state have proven beyond the shadow of doubt, that they could NOT manage a dollar, why on God’s green Earth would we give them ten. Until these inept individuals show that they can responsibly manage the states fiscal matters, We The People of the state of Connecticut should flat out refuse to be taxed one more red cent.

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