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75 Percent of CT Residents Support Right to Work

New Poll Shows 75 Percent of Connecticut Residents Support Right to Work Poll Highlights National Employee Freedom Week, Grassroots Campaign to Educate Union Employees about their Rights  EAST HARTFORD – A recent poll shows 75 percent of Connecticut residents support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty – a concept generally referred to as Right to Work. The Yankee Institute for Public Policy released the findings of the poll today as part of National Employee Freedom Week. In addition, the Yankee Institute will run ads on Spanish-language radio stations with the message that the recent Supreme Read on →

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Moore Joins Yankee for Friedman Legacy Event

Stephen Moore, Chief Economist at The Heritage Foundation, delivered remarks to an audience of approximately 150 at the Yankee Institute’s annual Friedman Legacy Day luncheon.  Moore, who served as senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and founded the Club for Growth, discussed Milton Friedman’s impact on American economic thought and commented on flaws in the Obama administration’s economic policy. Concluding his remarks with an analysis of Connecticut’s economy, Moore declared, “If this state ever repealed its income tax [passed in 1991], growth here would take off like a rocket ship.”  His observations were backed with statistics not Read on →

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Hold Off on Minimum Wage Celebration

You can expect some liberal populist triumphalism about the fact that, over the last six months, the 13 states that raised the minimum wage gained jobs faster than the states that didn’t. It’d be great if that turned out to be true, always and forever. But any celebrating now is premature.  Here’s why: First, as the linked article notes, even the economists who support a higher minimum wage as a policy matter acknowledge that there’s no cause and effect, noting there are many possible reasons that certain states’ hiring might have quickened. Second, six months is a pretty short snippet Read on →

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CT’s Small Business Climate: Graded D (Needs Improvement!)

Don’t take it from us — take it from the Economist. A recent piece there finds that Connecticut merits only a “D” for its overall friendliness to small business.  That means it’s better only than California, Illinois, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Whooppee. And that’s just overall.  When it comes to the tax code, Connecticut fails entirely — along with only three other states: Illinois, Hawaii and Rhode Island.  That’s right: We’ve got a worse tax climate even than the liberal hotbeds of California and Massachusetts! Connecticut earns the same failing grade when it comes to regulations — a big, Read on →

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CT Taxpayers Take It on the Chin — Again!

Connecticut was already on the hook to offer $115 million of taxpayer money to Bridgewater Associates — the Westport hedge fund with $150 billion under management — if it would move from Westport to Stamford. The move may have fallen through, but Connecticut’s taxpayers are going to take it on the chin, nonetheless.  In an effort to entice Bridgewater — the world’s largest hedge fund — to come to Stamford, the state spent $16 million in taxpayer money cleaning up waterfront land that was contaminated. Now, we learn, the move may be off, but as for that $16 million . . . it’s not Read on →

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Supreme Court Ruling Restores Rights of Connecticut Workers

State, SEIU can’t force workers to pay EAST HARTFORD – Harris v. Quinn, one of the Supreme Court decisions announced earlier today, has distinct implications for Connecticut workers. In that case, the justices ruled that it is a violation of First Amendment rights to force home healthcare workers to pay union dues. This holding effectively invalidates the 2012 law requiring Connecticut’s home health care workers to unionize – as well as the earlier executive orders signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy. “This is a significant ruling,” said Carol Platt Liebau, president of The Yankee Institute. “Vindicating the First Amendment’s guarantee of Read on →

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Who Looks Out for the Little Guy?

Yesterday morning, Yankee Institute president Carol Platt Liebau was a guest on WATR-Waterbury’s “Talk of the Town” with Larry Rifkin (and she’ll be joining Pastor Will on WTIC tomorrow). One of the most interesting parts of the discussion focused on the growing sense — across Connecticut and the nation as a whole — that, too often, public policy is forged to serve (1) government itself (and the public employee unions) and (2) big business with the money to secure special favors from politicians (otherwise known as “crony capitalism”).  In the shuffle, the needs of regular people too often get lost — Read on →

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“Public” Health, Indeed

It’s the kind of information that’s released on a summer Friday — when no one’s supposed to be paying attention — for a reason. After all the self-congratulation about how well Connecticut’s version of ObamaCare is “working,” it’s profoundly alarming to learn that a backpack was found containing the personal information of 400 people . . . and Access Connecticut paperwork. Oh, and it was discovered on the street in Hartford where Access Connecticut’s offices are located. Citizens have been coyly informed that a “possible” breach may have taken place, and (of course) all the appropriate investigations are being undertaken (cold comfort, no doubt, for those whose personal Read on →

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