There are more winners who will be announced soon — including a special award for a highly-regarded state senator who has been a long-time friend and staunch supporter of The Yankee Institute! So keep checking back — and please plan to join all of us at The Yankee Institute for our special 30th Anniversary Celebration luncheon on Thursday, October 9, at 11:30 a.m. at The Hartford Club! Questions? Just contact our Operations and Events Director, Jessica Buchanan, at Jessica@YankeeInstitute.org or (860) 282-0722. See you there!!!
No state can thrive without fearless commentators who are willing to speak truth to power, and who opine on the facts with clarity and conviction. For that reason, Yankee is proud to bestow the Truth Teller Award – For a journalist who consistently comments on Connecticut policy and politics with candor, integrity and fearless dedication to Chris Powell, managing editor and columnist at “North-Central Connecticut’s hometown newspaper,” the Journal-Inquirer. Join us to see Chris Powell accept his award at Yankee’s 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 9!
Connecticut couldn’t survive without the many hard-working business people across our state who create jobs, provide much-needed goods and services, and support all the state’s activities through their tax dollars. In recognition of this fact, at the 30th anniversary celebration on October 9, Yankee is giving the Free Enterprise in Action Award – For a businessperson whose commitment to honesty, hard work and free-market principles exemplify the finest qualities of Connecticut’s business community And the winner is . . . Kevin North — the president and founder of Talcott Realty Investors, former Yankee Institute board member, and an active local philanthropist in Simsbury.
Consistent with Yankee’s conviction that a healthy state depends on an engaged, informed citizenry, Yankee Institute is honoring two outstanding citizen activists as part of our 30th anniversary celebration! The co-winners of the Citizen Activist Award – For leaders whose tenacity and devotion to principle have shaped public opinion and effected change in significant and positive ways are Gwen Samuel, founder of Connecticut Parents’ Union, in recognition of her work to reform our school system so that all Connecticut children receive a quality education; and Cathy Ludlum, for her tireless advocacy on behalf of workers’ rights.
At Yankee Institute’s 30th anniversary celebration, we’ll also be honoring a person who, after serving at Yankee Institute, has gone on to serve in Washington, D.C. As part of the festivities, we’ll be giving the Alumni Award – For a former staff member or intern whose subsequent career demonstrates commitment to the Yankee Institute core values of free enterprise and limited government to . . . . Brian Bolduc! A former intern at Yankee Institute, Brian now serves as the Communications Director of the House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan. Congratulations, Brian!
Yankee’s turning 30 — and we’re ready to celebrate! Among the awards we will be presenting is:The Cincinnatus Award – For an elected official who served with distinction then voluntarily surrendered his office and the accompanying perks of power.And the winner is . . . Sen. Jason Welch! Join us at Yankee’s 30th anniversary lunch on Thursday, Oct. 9. Reserve your seat here.
Yankee is turning 30! Please join us for lunch as we commemorate three decades of improving lives through freedom and opportunity. We’ll be honoring a few individuals as “Yankee Champions of Freedom” for their extraordinary contributions to our state. Special guest Dan Lovallo will be joining us to host this event to benefit Yankee’s ongoing efforts. Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 11:30 am The Hartford Club | 46 Prospect Street Tickets are $80 per person and $700 per table. Click here to save your place today! Contact Jessica@YankeeInstitute.org or (860) 282-0722 with any questions.
Kids in Connecticut are born broke – more than $27,000 in debt – because of billions in unfunded pension promises. State estimates suggest citizens owe $25 billion, but this Yankee Institute study found the real number is more than three times higher, $76.8 billion. The state owes another $22.7 billion to cover retiree healthcare costs. To pay for these promises, Connecticut needs a plan. One solution would require raising taxes by nearly $1,500 per family, which could severely damage the economy. Instead, the study recommends adopting defined-contribution plans – much like a 401(k) – for new state workers as soon Read on →
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 →
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 →