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Yankee Institute Statement on State Lawmaker Pay Raises

HARTFORD (May 3) – “Today’s surprise vote to increase pay for state lawmakers is not just an affront to principles of responsive and responsible governance – it’s a sad moment for state taxpayers and for the General Assembly as an institution. 

Connecticut’s senators and representatives have a proud tradition of maximizing input both from individual lawmakers and the public. While legislative pay was the subject of a committee hearing in March, there was never any discussion of a proposal for that pay to rise automatically, or of a pay increase for statewide elected officials. These concepts were first made public literally minutes before the House voted them into law. 

This is both a bad way to make laws and a good way to raise public suspicion that politicians in Hartford are putting their own interests before the public’s.”

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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