Gov. Ned Lamont may have backed away from the idea of taxing groceries, but part of his budget would order a study to define and examine the feasibility of taxing “junk food.” Connecticut sales tax already applies to restaurant meals, including such typical junk food targets as fast food restaurants. ...
Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing a commission to develop a plan to regionalize school districts in Connecticut, throwing his hat in the ring with two other highly-contentious forced regionalization bills from fellow Democrats. According Senate Bill 874, the Commission on Shared School Services “shall develop a plan for redistricting or ...
The newest budget negotiated between Democratic and Republican leaders in both the House and Senate has yet to be released, but based on the information we have received, this is a breakdown of the changes included in the new budget package.
We at the Yankee Institute support the Governor’s budget plan. We know it is a bitter pill. Like you, we agonize over the hardships it will impose on some of the most vulnerable residents of our state. But even so, we have concluded that, at this point, it is necessary to make these difficult cuts in order to put the state back on a more sustainable path.
An audit of the State Comptroller’s Office reveals that Connecticut has not been using Generally Accepted Accounting Practice as required by law. By applying GAAP standards, the audit found that Connecticut’s net position is negative $35.3 billion, $22.7 billion further in the red than reported in 2014.
This week Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he will invite Democratic and Republican legislative leadership to bipartisan budget talks, to try to come up with ways to cut government spending. This is a positive step, and hopefully the talks will bear some fruit. In that spirit, we have an idea they can all use: Reform government employee pay and benefits.