Republicans have proposed 19 separate bills to eliminate the income tax from pension payments and social security benefits. The proposals come as the state battles a number of issues including a $1.7 billion budget deficit and an outmigration trend as people, particularly retirees, move to other states.
Marc E. Fitch
Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to stop taxpayer money from paying state employees to do union work after an anonymous whistleblower sent a package of information unveiling the practice. State employees - known as union stewards or representatives - are able to take time off from their jobs to conduct union business while still being paid their normal wages by the state – known as union business leave.
As Connecticut’s legislature moves forward debating bills, know that Yankee Institute is at the capitol giving voice to the hard-working people of Connecticut. In just the last week, Yankee Institute has testified in person or in writing on 13 bills brought up for public hearings. Here is a list of the ideas we supported and opposed.
Labor committee co-chair tells businesses they “need to pay” for $15 minimum wage, low-wage employer tax
A contentious public hearing before the Labor and Public Employees Committee went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers heard testimony on a number of bills that could have big impacts on hiring in Connecticut. Committee co-chair, Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, told Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association that “those who can afford to pay, need to pay.”
The University of Connecticut paid one dozen employees large settlements - many over $100,000 - to get them to resign and keep quiet about their time in state government, according to state auditors. Other agencies participated in the practice, too, although less frequently. The Auditors of Public Accounts faulted the practice because the agreements lacked oversight from the governor or attorney general as required by law and keeps potential whistleblowers from speaking out.
A former University of Connecticut professor who made national headlines when video of his on-campus rant against a Christian preacher, is now suing the school for $20 million for defamation. Professor of Anthropology, James Boster, was fired in 2015 after the university’s Institutional Board of Review determined he had engaged in “research misconduct.”