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Yankee Institute statement on Gov. Lamont’s State of the State Address

“We appreciate Governor Lamont’s efforts to fix this year’s budget deficit without any major tax increases, and we hope the governor will continue to resist calls to increase the state’s income tax and capital gains tax rates this session. However, the governor’s plan to toll Connecticut’s highways – despite widespread public opposition and questionable legal standing – burdens people and businesses in our state and should be discarded. 

What’s more, the governor has broken his campaign pledge to achieve savings from Connecticut’s public-sector unions, who continue to wield inappropriate influence over state government to the detriment of Connecticut taxpayers. Our state finances continue to face serious structural problems brought on by decades of debt and unfunded government pension obligations. And state government continues to compete with businesses and non-profit organizations through attempts to create a public healthcare option and refusing to transition government services to private non-profit groups where people can be served with greater efficiency and less expense.  

Until these matters are addressed – and thus far, they haven’t been – Connecticut will continue its spiral of budget deficits, tax increases, outmigration and slow economic growth. We hope Gov. Lamont will have the courage to fight for all Connecticut’s people and businesses to ensure they are no longer overtaxed to pay union benefits or burdened with onerous business regulations that depress our state’s economy. We stand ready and willing to help in any way to ensure all people and businesses in Connecticut are free to succeed.”

Statement attributable to Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau

Yankee Staff

Yankee Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and citizen education organization that does not accept government funding. Yankee Institute develops and advances free-market, limited-government solutions in Connecticut. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee is a leading advocate for smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity.


  1. Tom
    February 6, 2020 @ 10:14 am

    I believe in unions. I’ve been a union member most of my working life. Unfortunately those responsible in the government agreed to these contracts in the past. I can’t blame the unions for putting out contract proposals that help their members (that’s one thing they get paid for), I do blame those in government for agreeing to these proposals. These existing contracts need to be renegotiated seeing their creating a hardship on the state (aka taxpayers).


  2. D mundly
    February 6, 2020 @ 10:17 am

    I dont know who wrote this but one fact is wrong he has raised taxes already and added so many new taxes the only 2 he missed is tolls and taxing the air we breathe


  3. Thad Stewart
    February 6, 2020 @ 4:51 pm

    Ned proved beyond any shadow of doubt, that he is completely out of touch with the average, hard working, middle class taxpayer. 10% could be cut from every part of state gubment. That savings alone could probably fund the pension debacle. No longer electing yourselves raises, especially with declining revenue, a no brainer. And finally, take SEBAC and re- negotiate something that is sustainable. Why is it that the current administration is hellbent on spending money foolishly. I hope the voters of this state wake up in November and do something that benefits the majority of the people of this state.


  4. richard pantano
    February 7, 2020 @ 7:20 am

    Nothing will ever be resolved until government union influence is dissolved. Republicans will never be back in control until this happens.


    • Eileen Bujda
      February 11, 2020 @ 10:16 am

      Union backing is deep rooted in CT government. When will my vote matter? #CTMadvote


  5. Glenn kalata
    February 13, 2020 @ 12:01 pm

    Reduce spending, no tolls, start doing your job ned. Lifelong democrat that will never vote democratic again if we get another tax increase like the open ended toll proposal. Lets be honest, its just another tax increase. No tolls, no means no lamont.


  6. Glenn kalata
    February 13, 2020 @ 12:03 pm

    No tolls, lets be honest here. Its just an open ended tax increase. No means no. I am a lifetime democrat.


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