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Taxpayer tools for government transparency

Yankee Institute is proud to serve as the government watchdog for Connecticut’s taxpayers. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and as taxpayers, you deserve access to all the information that affects your livelihood. Check out our resources below to learn more. 

CT UNION CONTRACTS

A searchable database of downloadable contracts.

Use this database to find public union contracts at the state and municipal level.

For questions or to submit a contract, please email Meghan@YankeeInstitute.org

CT WHEEL OF TAXES

Explore our Wheel of Taxes.

Use this reference to see the myriad of taxes the Connecticut state legislature has actively considered or implemented. You may (or may not!) be surprised to see there are more than a dozen tax proposals being floated. Explore our Wheel of Taxes.

CT CAN WORK

Reforms that will make it easier to hire and work in our state, at no cost to taxpayers.

A better economy means better jobs — which provide better lives for people across Connecticut. For this to happen, our state must have a friendlier business climate. That way, new businesses can more easily launch and grow, and existing job creators can build upon their success, free from burdensome and unnecessary regulations.

The centerpiece of “Connecticut Can Work” is a toolbox comprised of 11 reforms. Each of these reforms make it easier to hire and work in Connecticut right away — at no cost to the state or to taxpayers!

Yankee Institute has proposed these reforms because our beloved state is struggling. Even as we advocate for major changes, we shouldn’t discount the small opportunities that will help return Connecticut and its citizens to prosperity.

CT Sunlight Project

Use this database to find public employee salary data, pension beneficiary information, and state government’s checkbook.

Use this database to find public employee salary data, pension beneficiary information, and state government’s checkbook.

In February 2010, Yankee Institute launched the CT Sunlight Project to bring greater accountability and transparency to state government spending in Connecticut. Three types of information are available on the site: payroll data, pension benefits, and expenditure data.

All the data is now gathered via transparency.CT.gov, a website developed by the Connecticut General Assembly under the direction of the Office of Fiscal Analysis with data provided by the Office of the State Comptroller. The Yankee Institute would like to thank the state and local government officials who worked diligently to gather the data.