The Let Connecticut Work! conference is the perfect time for small and medium-sized business owners to network with state and fellow business leaders and discuss ways our state can become more hospitable to its businesses. Small and medium-sized business owners are job creators and taxpayers — without them, our state cannot prosper. But, where do they turn? At Yankee Institute, we have long fought to give a voice to the voiceless in Connecticut. And that means not just individuals but the small and medium-sized businesses that make our economy work. We’re committed to empowering small and medium-sized businesses to work together, foster new connections, and discuss real policy solutions.
Join us and be part of a community uniting to make our state a more vibrant place for businesses!
The event will include lunch with a keynote address from The Hon. Themis Klarides who was previously the House Minority Leader in the Connecticut General Assembly. Panelists will include business leaders from across the state, Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Mark Boughton, bipartisan members of the state legislature, including Sen. Ryan Fazio, Rep. Maria Horn, and Rep. Kerry Wood, and other important voices in both the business community and policymaking process.
Let’s get to work!
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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.