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Connecticut Lawmakers Should Keep the Fiscal Guardrails Intact 



Connecticut Lawmakers Should Keep the Fiscal Guardrails Intact 

In a state with one of the highest per capita incomes and heaviest state and local tax burdens in the United States, it’s remarkable that Connecticut’s politicians managed to accrue one of the largest per capita debts in the nation.  

Only the establishment of the bipartisan fiscal guardrails have preserved our state from economic disaster. It would be a catastrophic mistake to destroy them as Connecticut is finally trending in the right direction and — as Gov. Lamont has stated — has ‘momentum.’ SEBAC (state government unions) already negotiated one deal to override state law, which resulted in the underfunding of our state pensions.  

Now, they’re complaining about the underfunding of state programs — conveniently, just as they’re due to negotiate another round of pay raises. Connecticut’s hard-working residents have suffered long enough from the financial burdens that result from capitulation to a powerful special interest.  

We agree with Gov. Lamont and Comptroller Scanlon that the legislature must hold strong to the fiscal guardrails in order to secure our state’s financial future.  

For more information, please contact Bryce Chinault, [email protected] or (860) 426-6343.

For more ideas on how we can make Connecticut a more prosperous and dynamic place to live and work, please visit YankeeInstitute.org 

About Yankee Institute  

Yankee Institute is a research and citizen organization founded in 1984 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Yankee Institute is the eyes, ears and voice for hard-working people who want a prosperous Connecticut. Our common-sense solutions drive positive legislative results to strengthen our communities and build a vibrant, hopeful future. 

Bryce Chinault

Bryce joined Yankee Institute after nearly a decade of working in federal and state level policy analysis at the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In those roles, Bryce worked directly with members of Congress, executive agencies, governors, state legislators, and local officials to engage on a diverse range of policy topics and enact positive reforms for everyday people across the country. A native of Cambridge, WI, Bryce moved to Connecticut to be closer to his wife’s family in her hometown of Newtown. Bryce earned a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is also the loving father of two amazing kids.

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