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Connecticut Can Do Better, Learn How!

Connecticut can do better. Our tax system is a mess and it’s making us lose to other states. Join us to learn how to reform – and lower – Connecticut’s taxes. In conjunction with the CT Chapter of the Federalist Society, Yankee is pleased to host Tax Foundation expert Joe Henchman on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Hartford Club. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include free parking. Click here to save your seat now! All questions should be directed to Jessica at (860) 282-0722 or jessica@yankeeinstitute.org. About Joe Joe Henchman is an Read on →

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Hospitals Shouldn’t Need State Permission Slips

In 2006, a Norwich neurology practice with a new $1.5 million MRI scanner had a simple request. It asked the state for permission to use the scanner for all of its patients. The state said, “No.” For four years the practice had to fight state regulators before it finally got permission to use the scanner the way it wanted to in the first place. If the state had granted permission four years earlier, what would have happened? Would any patients have been injured or harmed? No. In fact, the quality of care could have been higher. The state regulates the Read on →

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Instead of a Transportation Wish List, Connecticut Needs Priorities

Connecticut can do better, especially when it comes to our roads and rails. We’re on the wrong track. The state is in the process of spending $1 billion on a rail line to Springfield, which will eventually serve an estimated 2,200 passengers a day. Meanwhile the 125,000 daily Metro North commuters face delays and other frustrations related to outdated infrastructure and needed repairs. “We need to prioritize,” said Suzanne Bates, policy director for the Yankee Institute. “The problem is we’ve been chasing projects like the Springfield rail line instead of fixing what we have that’s broken. We should meet those Read on →

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Does Connecticut Need an Eminent Domain Authority?

Yankee Institute Policy Director Suzanne Bates recently testified against a proposal to create a new state authority with the power to condemn property and borrow even more money. The proposed quasi-public agency, to be called the Connecticut Transit Corridor Development Authority, could take private property within a half mile of a transit stop. Submitted testimony: March 6, 2015 The Yankee Institute for Public Policy is a Connecticut think tank that develops and advances policy solutions to promote a smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity for all the people of our state. I am here to testify in opposition to HB Read on →

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Yankee Institute President Testifies Against Higher Taxes

Taxes hurt all Connecticut residents and today the Yankee Institute is bringing that message where it is needed most: the General Assembly. Our President Carol Platt Liebau will testify before the finance committee, which oversees tax policy. The public hearing begins at 11 a.m. in room 2E of the Legislative Office Building. Submitted testimony: March 9, 2015 The Yankee Institute for Public Policy is a Connecticut think tank that develops and advances policy solutions to promote smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity for all the people of our state. I am here today to Read on →

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Crowding Out What Matters

The Connecticut budget is on autopilot – and no one’s at the wheel. State government grows more expensive each year because of expensive promises to state employees and endless borrowing. A half-billion dollar increase in spending doesn’t even cover the growth in these two areas. “We’re in the alarming position of spending a half billion more but cutting services,” said Carol Platt Liebau, Yankee Institute president. The Yankee Institute urges the General Assembly to adopt a budget that does not raise taxes and respects the spending cap. State leaders also need to begin reforming our state workforce to make it Read on →

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Yankee Institute is hiring!

The Yankee Institute is seeking an operations manager to assist with financial management, organizational effectiveness, and risk management. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented, committed to Yankee’s mission and culture, and has experience with creating and managing budgets. Twenty hours per week; some time flexibility. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to Carol@YankeeInstitute.org, with “Operations Manager” in the subject line.  

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Gov. Malloy’s Weapon of Mass Distraction

Apparently, a “permanent fiscal crisis” isn’t enough to keep him busy. Gov. Malloy has now proposed legislation to prohibit businesses from forbidding their employees to disclose their wages. As is evident from its history, the Yankee Institute believes in transparency. The free flow of information is an important part both of what makes capitalism work, and any effort to hold government accountable. We’d be the first to applaud the governor — if he were simply encouraging businesses to permit their employees to discuss wages, rather than seeking to mandate it by law. But it’s no secret that Connecticut businesses feel Read on →

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Fix Metro North Before Expanding to Springfield

The Yankee Institute supports HB 5949, which would require the Department of Transportation commissioner to prioritize projects, and to put repair of existing infrastructure ahead of building new projects. Clearly our state has infrastructure needs that must be addressed, and we support this committee’s efforts to find ways to fund those infrastructure needs in a responsible way and in a way that does not increase the overall tax burden on Connecticut residents. We are particularly concerned with the state’s $365 million project to develop new infrastructure along the New Haven to Springfield rail line. This project will connect new commuters Read on →

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High Taxes Hurt

Taxes are a fact of life. When we pay taxes, we’re supporting our roads, our schools, and other important government services. However, when taxes are too high they hurt, especially those who can least afford it. Connecticut’s tax system is out of balance. A better balance would reduce the cost of living, increase pay, and generate opportunities. We are also witnessing the result of what happens when high taxes push people to move out of the state – everyone else has to pay more. The latest Yankee Institute policy brief shows that if the top 357 taxpayers left the state, Read on →

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