Gov. Lamont’s new executive order — imposing stiff fines on struggling state residents for non-compliance with his onerous restrictions on social gatherings — is tantamount to punishing Connecticut’s people for success. It’s unfortunate that, rather […]
Yankee Institute applauds many of the actions Gov. Ned Lamont has taken since assuming emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, the governor has rolled back some regulations that Yankee has, for years, identified as […]
Yankee Institute launches the state’s only comprehensive public union contract database Transparent government is accountable government. The success of Yankee Institute’s CT Sunlight Project highlights how much Connecticut’s people want to understand the inner workings of a […]
HARTFORD – A new poll of likely voters shows strong support for Governor Malloy’s proposed spending cuts but strong opposition to his proposed tax increases. 57% of voters think the budget deficit should be addressed […]
Following up their 2009 piece "How to Reduce Property Taxes with a Citizens Audit Committee", Dr. Lewis Andrews and Dr. Armand A. Fusco have published a compendium of model school board policies from across the nation that help save school districts money.
HARTFORD – The Connecticut Department of Corrections hired Huggles the Clown for $600. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs spent $1,210 on New York Yankees tickets. A total of 1,137 state employees are paid more than […]
The Yankee Institute’s new study “The Care and Feeding of Connecticut’s Congressmen” has taxpayers grumbling all across Connecticut today as they learn about how their Member of Congress spends their hard-earned tax dollars. Among the […]
TRANSPARENCY FOR THE FIRST TIME Published on August 8, 2009 by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy How much responsibility does any single member of Congress have for the $3 trillion Federal budget? It’s impossible […]
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.