The proposed legislation — An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Vision Zero Council — unacceptably violates individuals’ property and personal rights. The bill gives the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation the ability […]
No state can thrive without fearless commentators who are willing to speak truth to power, and who opine on the facts with clarity and conviction. For that reason, Yankee is proud to bestow the Truth […]
Consistent with Yankee’s conviction that a healthy state depends on an engaged, informed citizenry, Yankee Institute is honoring two outstanding citizen activists as part of our 30th anniversary celebration! The co-winners of the Citizen Activist […]
At Yankee Institute’s 30th anniversary celebration, we’ll also be honoring a person who, after serving at Yankee Institute, has gone on to serve in Washington, D.C. As part of the festivities, we’ll be giving the […]
Yankee’s turning 30 — and we’re ready to celebrate! Among the awards we will be presenting is:The Cincinnatus Award – For an elected official who served with distinction then voluntarily surrendered his office and the […]
Yankee is turning 30! Please join us for lunch as we commemorate three decades of improving lives through freedom and opportunity. We’ll be honoring a few individuals as “Yankee Champions of Freedom” for their extraordinary […]
East Hartford, CT – The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, one of the nation’s oldest state-based think tanks, announced today that its board of directors has appointed Carol Platt Liebau as its new President. Liebau […]
Milton Friedman would have turned 101 years old this year. In celebration of this anniversary, please join the Yankee Institute in honoring Milton’s legacy! We’ll be hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, July 31 at the […]
EAST HARTFORD – The Yankee Institute is pleased to unveil its old research in a new format: the Yankee Institute PolicyWiki. The PolicyWiki brings the Yankee Institute’s award-winning public policy research to an online format […]
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.