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Yankee Institute response to calls for increasing taxes and size of government to mitigate recession

“Calls for raising Connecticut taxes and increasing the size of state government ignore twelve years of Connecticut’s economic and fiscal history. We have seen three major tax increases – including raising taxes on the wealthy and businesses — since the 2008 recession, and since that time our state has experienced more major budget deficits, some of lowest job and economic growth in country and the outmigration of residents to other states. State government spending is higher than ever with little to show for it. When hundreds of thousands are out of work and businesses are closed, calls for growing  government are misguided and tone-deaf, at best. It is not government workers who are out of jobs and not getting paychecks, it is those in the private sector, the very people whose taxes pay for this government and whose lives depend on the ability to earn a living. Such recommendations are akin to burying one’s head in the sand and threaten to diminish any economic recovery our state could hope for when this crisis ends.”

Statement attributable to Carol Platt Liebau, President of Yankee Institute

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.

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