A rift has opened between educators and superintendents over the implementation of K-3 reading curriculum models outlined in the “Right to Read” legislation. The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) issued a strongly worded […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bryce Chinault 860-426-6343 [email protected] Like so many others across Connecticut, we were horrified to learn of the alarming comments from the assistant principal in Cos Cob, stating that teachers were hired […]
Almost 370 people signed up to testify at yesterday’s legislative forum about Governor Lamont’s executive orders, and less than half of the would-be speakers got their three minutes after being picked in “randomized order.” Kate Dias […]
Michael Costanza, a sixth-grade teacher at North Stonington Elementary School and former reporter for The Day, never wanted to be part of a union, but for most of his sixteen year teaching career he was […]
Connecticut’s largest teachers’ union is encouraging educators to wear black to class on Wednesday to raise awareness over the lack of COVID safety measures in schools as the Omicron variant has sent state positivity rates […]
Gov. Ned Lamont and Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani announced that Connecticut is changing policy regarding COVID protections in schools during a press conference at Newington High School Starting today, schools will have […]
Three Republican Board of Education candidates claimed victory in Newtown after accusations of online and public harassment and intimidation forced the Republican Town Committee to withdraw those candidates from a town hall event in late […]
The Newtown Republican Town Committee has pulled three Republican board of education candidates from participating in a scheduled candidate event with their fellow Democrat candidates due to public hostility both online and in town. “Here […]
Under a law passed in the General Assembly, Connecticut will study and then implement a statewide virtual school program under the control of the State Board of Education, possibly emulating the virtual school program in […]
The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved a bill that would allow $46 million in state bonding for the University of Connecticut to hire more research faculty. The bill comes as UConn and UConn Health […]
The Connecticut State Legislature will begin its 2023 session on January 4th and will adjourn on June 7th. The “long session,” as non-election years are called in Hartford, will be centered around the biennial budget. The Office of the State Comptroller reports that state government found a way to spend $47.11 billion in 2022 and, if trends continue, we can expect that number to grow even more going forward. Concerns over energy prices, inflation, and general cost of living continue to dominate the headlines and the threat of a recession hovers over economic forecasts.
What will our elected officials be working on to improve policy outcomes for Connecticut residents? What tax reform proposals will there be? What can be done to lower home heating bills? How will state and local budgets be affected by fewer federal resources? How will schools be implementing to curriculum requirements?
While we wait to see the thousands of individual and committee bills that while dominate the myriad policy debates this year, Yankee Institute is hard at work promoting free-market solutions to the problems we face from Stamford to Putnam and Mystic to Salisbury. To that end, we have produced a new edition of our Charter for Change. The Charter provides commonsense reforms to make Connecticut’s government work for its residents.
Though the list of reforms may be exhausting to review, it is far from exhaustive! And that’s why we want to work with you to build a broad-based coalition to encourage sound policy reforms to enable Connecticut residents to forge a better future for themselves and their families.
It’s also imperative that we do so. As we noted in a report and CT Mirror op-ed last year, the debate over whether we’re in a national recession really misses the point for Connecticut residents. We had more people employed in the private sector in 2007 than we do today. Our economy has grown at one of the slowest rates in the nation for the past decade, and we are getting outpaced year after year. We’re not attracting innovation and industry. We’re losing some of our best and brightest as they seek other parts of the country where it’s easier to make a living.
But together, we can reverse this trend.
At Yankee Institute, we know Connecticut is a state with boundless opportunity, and we intend to help make our state more than a place where people are just able to make ends meet! Connecticut should be a place where everyone can thrive – and with your help, it will be.