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“The most serious labor shortage Connecticut faces is the lack of senators and representatives willing to do their jobs in Hartford.

If the last two years’ advances in vaccines, testing, treatments, and telecommuting weren’t enough for the General Assembly to resume its regular lawmaking duties, it begs the question of whether state lawmakers should continue getting paid, enjoying state healthcare, and racking up credit in the state’s generous pension system.

The paychecks of every legislator should be withheld if the governor’s emergency powers are extended beyond February 15 until the emergency has expired.”

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. Stephanie
    January 8, 2022 @ 10:37 am

    Is there g to be joBs in the ConstUction feild. Like inspECtions jobs or oper ation of the big machInes.. INterested in necomi ng flaggers.i was wondering if there wi be a couSe into learninG computer for bui gamesman ship ? Hes alWays wanted to leArn that. Or my ot son wo like to get trained in tool and dye making .


  2. Matthew Valenti
    January 8, 2022 @ 1:22 pm

    This is ouTrageous. We are being controlled by king Howdy Doody and im sick of It. He should be arrested for his nursing home decisions which killed thousaNds.


  3. Robin Beaulieu
    January 8, 2022 @ 3:02 pm

    Stop all of the madness and Mandates! You have No idea what it is like try to teach theae young Children every day with these awful, useless and filthy masks! They Don’t work, you said It YOURSELF!


  4. Michelle Volk
    January 8, 2022 @ 6:29 pm

    Just NO!! We have had enough! It is time for our elected OFFICIALs to get BAck to doing their jobs! Lemont is not king!


  5. Susan Marie
    January 8, 2022 @ 6:39 pm

    There is absolutely no reason for Lamont to extend Emergency powers. We all know the legislators were able to vote on Bills etc all last year during the height of Covid. We have effective treatments, vaccines for those who want them, and not many people are being hospitalized. There is no emergency!! We have a 3 Branch Legislature for a reason.


  6. Tsunami
    January 8, 2022 @ 7:26 pm

    These mandaes are the reason why CT is tanking on its economy. Teacher, transportation, and medical positions can not be filled if the candiate is not vaccinated. Do we need to start sending Parens Patriae letters, or maybe start reporting to the GAO/ Fraudnet on all the politicians agreeing with another extension?


  7. Trevor Kroemer
    January 8, 2022 @ 7:56 pm

    I could create a book. There has never been Any evidence that we have been in a pandemic, look at CDc definition of a pandemic, and compare to Actual data. We have a testing pandemic of asymptomatic people afraid of the narrative presented to them. Stop this ridiculous intrusion on the fundamental rights of people. The government is not our mother.


  8. Aston
    January 8, 2022 @ 9:32 pm

    There is no reason for this overreach to CONTINUE! Lamont has been running ct like a king from bible days. We the people of ct voted in a full legislature and they must do their jobs and stop giving Their power over to lamont. I am holding lamont and the legislature responsible for their IRRESPONSIBLE behavior and will let my voice be heard at the polls in november. OH and the lamont bribe money Being used Via earned incOme credit supplement only confirms he has to go. To hear Lamont recently said he wont do a statewide mask mandate because he sees it is not working in ny yet he still has our children in mask at schoolS, disgusting! Btw, i am completely aGainst all his wicked mandates and have been from the onset of this virus. Time for lamont and aLl in the legislature that support communism like him to go. People better wake up and use the power of the vote to let their voices be heard.


  9. Lisa Zollbrecht
    January 8, 2022 @ 10:34 pm

    Enough! The emergency was over a year Ago. Stop the madness and stop the tyranny!


  10. Rebecca Anderson
    January 8, 2022 @ 10:52 pm

    No more Tyranny! There Is No emergency. End it now! If yoU want to mask , mask..if You want your vaccine take it, take 2 take 3….move on and let people Live their lives!


  11. Elise
    January 9, 2022 @ 6:55 am

    There is no reason for our governor to continue his executive power for tHere is no emergency!! It has been nearly tWo years and nothing has changed. The masks don’t work, social distancing dOesn’t work and the vaccines don’t work. It has been proven by statistics and the length of time since it started. I say no extension!


  12. Christina
    January 9, 2022 @ 8:52 am

    I do not belive the emergency powers should be extended. I have wRitten 12 lEtters to Lamont, dph, csde, dol, and my union about this topic and many other falsehoods. Pleqse stop thIs power play by lamont!


  13. Paula Ruffo
    January 9, 2022 @ 9:39 am

    NO!!! Please God no!! I’m not doing this anymore. Do not extend Them. Please help us!!!!


  14. B Fogarty
    January 9, 2022 @ 9:42 am

    Definitely No. EmergEncy powers should not be extended and yes if they want to vote in favor of it by all means pull the paychecks and benefits. You dont work you dont get paid like the rest Of us.


  15. Candace
    January 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am

    Indeed and in fact..every last one must have wages repatriated as they’re not working for us. Benefits cancelled retroactively. No king in Connecticut.. To include Lamont breached the contract with OUR CITIZENS.. UNELECTABLE every last one must step down in disgrace.


  16. MaryKate Cohane
    January 9, 2022 @ 11:48 am

    There is no Reason for anyone anywhere to have emergency powers at this poinT-we are going into our 3rd year with covid and your emergency powers have made zero difference in How this has played out. TRuLy thinking adults can see these emerGency powerS for what THey are and it has not one thing to do with our health! – Not. One. Thing.!! Fight to close our souThern border so that 2,000,000 people and counting are not brought into our COUNTRY UNVACCINATED(!!!) in the middle of a pAndemic and then i will believe our GOVERNMENT cares About our health. Unmask our CHILDREN with what are being called “facial decoraTions” by Doctors in the know. Stop trying to mandate “vaccines” for childRen who are at as close to zero % Risk of serious complications From this virus as they can possibly get. Stop with all mandates! Since we all know the vaccinated can spread and get covid as easily as the unvaccinated, mandates serve no purpose whatsoever except to divide us eVen further! Those who continue to perpetuate this lying narrative will be judged. The truth will prevail EVENTUALLY -it always does, and You will want To be on the right side of history. Stop with the pretense that This is about our health!! Just stop!!!


  17. Mrs. Karen Daly, RN
    January 9, 2022 @ 1:12 pm

    Gov Lamont is NOT an Emergency Physician ! THEREFORE he should NOT be granted Emergency powers over ANY MEDICAL SITUATION !!! He is NOT a Pediatrician, therefore he has NO experTise, MD licenses or power to order oR RECOMMEND masKs on children in school!!


  18. Michelle Davidson
    January 9, 2022 @ 3:01 pm

    Governor’s emergency powers should not be extended. Each and every elected official not willing to fulfill their elected duties need to resign and forfeit all PAy and pension benefits RECeived thus far.


  19. Maureen Galvin
    January 9, 2022 @ 5:51 pm

    Please give people back responsibility for THEMSELVES.


  20. Michael Edwards
    January 9, 2022 @ 5:55 pm

    Absolutely no extensIon of the emergency orders.

    The governor of a state can not claim to need emergency orders when he Goes on vacation to A southern state.

    A GOVERNOR can not claim To Need emergency orders when the issue Is two years old, meaning no longer a SURPRISE, and you have major resources (Federal covid-19 grantS) to handle said issue.

    A legislature can not provide Ongoing emergency orders to a GOVERNOR when they just came back from a break in legislative SeSsion.

    A Governor can not brag about having one of the most vaccinated CITIZENRY of the 50 states in the union with claimS It is KeepINg ct residents safe. while aT the same time CLAIMING to need ongoing EMERGENCY powers to keep said CITIZENRY safe when the overwhelming majority of states in the union no longer have ongoing EMERGENCY powers for their governors.

    Absolutely no extensIon of the emergency Orders. The more powEr you give the GOVERNMENT the less freedoms YOU have as a Citizen. Wake up CT!


  21. Marie Galvan-Kennedy
    January 9, 2022 @ 6:32 pm

    This is absolutely sickening. I completely agree every single senator should have pay and all benefits withheld if the unnecessary lunacy and tyrannical emergency powers are extended any further. I hope when it comes time for elections people remember this absolute tyranny it’s time for a change. And it’s definitely overdue for a new governor. Absolutely sickening disgusting and an overreach of power. And quite frankly pure laziness of a part of all the Senators.


  22. Tara
    January 10, 2022 @ 9:39 am

    These REPRESENTATIVES are no longer reprEsenting us. They all need to be replaced !


  23. Meagan
    January 10, 2022 @ 9:43 am

    Absolutely do not extend the governors powers!! This is a massive overreach on our rights and He is abusing our children in schools with masks that have Proven to be nothing more than a facial decoration. He Has no right to decide what we put in our bodies. And he is not following actual science, just the democratic narrative.


  24. Kyla
    January 10, 2022 @ 9:49 am

    Do not extend powers! Covid At This point is nothing more than a nasty cold. This was just Supposed to keep hospitalizations down and now we have a world full of crazy HYPOCHONDRIACS whO fear the sniffles. Its time to get back to life and learn to live with this endemic without firing people and Doing more damage to our economy than has already been done. Also creating hate from vax to unvax is absolutely horrible and he should be ashamed of himself


  25. Sissy
    January 10, 2022 @ 8:22 pm

    No more! Lamont neEds to step down from his “throne” and take his corrupt commie minions with him! What an ABSOLUTE disgrace this Power grab has been. Its EMBARRASSING . what he , his wife and “partners” have goTten away with At the EXPENSE of our most VULNERABLE , is nothinG short of an ABOMINATION! Unmask our chilDren NOW!!!!


  26. Donna
    January 13, 2022 @ 12:01 am

    THose emergency powers should absolutely not be extended! We are a people capable of making informed decisions and we need to be doing just that. I am a private united states citizen with rights and freedoms granted to me through the US Constitution and the bill of rights. These rights and freedoms need to be protected. THE LEGISLATORS NEED TO EARN THEIR LIVING AND LEGISLATE accordingly. The fired employees need to be rehired and compensated for their losses. words, phrases and ideas that must be eliminated from existence in connecticut include: emergency powers, medical tyranny, vacccine passports, detainment camps, death rate, hospitalizations, be fired, bans, mandates, testing, masks, segregation and government overreach. Words that must come into our vocabulary include: make ivermectin and hcq avaialable. Let’s understand: this is not a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Everyone is getting and transmitting a virus. this is a man-made pandemic of fear for nefarious reasons. LAMONT’S EMERGENCY POWERS MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY, and we the people of connecticut must stand up and speak out! legislators: this is up to you. the people of connecticut have elected you to make the responsible and right choice. You must do exactly that.


  27. Marie
    January 13, 2022 @ 8:59 am

    We all know THATMASKS DO NOT WORK, WE ALL KNOW THAT VACCINES DO NOT WORK. wE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS HORRIFIC VACCINE INJURY AND DEATH. tHIS STOPS WHEN WE SAY IT STOPS. tHIS IS BLATENT AUTHORITARISM AND CONTROL. fORCING PEOPLE TO GET A VACCINE TO KEEP YOUR JOB IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL. sTOP SUPPORTING businesses or venues THAT support blatent discrimination, and pit unvaccinated against vaccinated. This is meant to cause division and the masks in school are tied to educational federal and state funding. Start holding your legislatures and Senators accountable and vote those out that support these communist policies.


  28. Christina Acevedo
    January 13, 2022 @ 11:42 am

    Strong NO! GIve the power BACK to the people.


  29. Lori
    January 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

    No, there is no need to extend his Power. There never was A need. The rules chAnge to pad pockets, not for the benefit of ct residents. Testing The healthy, the Jab DOESN’T work and please explain why people need To have an antigen test, can be done at home for some employers, when Ct doh DOESN’T approve them. Ned needs To step down. his adoration for cuomo is going To kill people when he fills the snf’s with sick people.


  30. Marina
    January 14, 2022 @ 3:53 pm

    The tyranny has to stop. The only emergency in Ct is lamont’s emergency powers extended indefinitely. Just stop it.


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