As the Town of Wallingford faces a challenge by AFSCME for allowing employees to resign from union membership without AFSCME’s permission, the town council signed off on new contract extensions that contain language contrary to the Supreme Court’s Janus decision.read more
The incoming governor and legislature are already feuding about whether to raid the Rainy Day Fund to balance the books in 2019. Governor-elect Lamont is right about this: the Rainy Day Fund must be saved for the next economic downturn. The fiscal life of the state depends on it.read more
New Haven Fire Fighters Win Court Case Against State Union; Move Forward with Claim of Improper Union Spending
Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Monday that New Haven Fire Fighters Local 825 had the right to disaffiliate from the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut, ending a years-long dispute between the local and the state union.read more
A new study from the Virginia-based Institute for Justice estimates Connecticut’s occupational licensing laws are costing the state 48,000 jobs.read more
Governor-elect Ned Lamont will face a daunting task when he and fellow Democratic lawmakers assume full control of the state’s finances in January, according to a newly released report by Truth in Accounting.read more
In the event of layoffs, unions determine which members are let go based on seniority, but the latest contract for Judicial Employees Local 749 added a new roster of members eligible for “super-seniority” who are immune from layoffs or job transfers.read more
The Policy Corner With Scott Shepard
The incoming governor and legislature are already feuding about whether to raid the Rainy Day Fund to balance the books in 2019. Governor-elect Lamont is right about this: the Rainy Day Fund must be saved for the next economic downturn. The fiscal life of the state depends on it.
A minimum-wage increase is likely coming. It should arrive in the form of a home-rule option to raise the rate to some maximum and should be offset by cuts in regulatory costs on the hardest-hit businesses.
The Fitch Files
CTFastrak will be part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s legacy in Connecticut and has been a political talking point for both sides of the aisle for years. A 12-hour bus ride helps tell the history, effect and possible future of CTFastrak.read more
Imagine a workplace in which you feel it necessary to video-record yourself making a trip to the bathroom in case you are confronted by colleagues; where employees allegedly hire private investigators to follow each other around; where petty personal disputes become matters of extensive internal investigations.read more
On a Side Note
In a classic Saturday Night Live skit, Will Ferrell played a goofy George W. Bush and debated Darrell Hammond as a boring, one-note Al Gore in the lead up to the 2000 Presidential Election.When asked by the moderator what word best summarized their...
If the accused were trying to “stick it to the man,” they stuck it to the wrong one – the taxpayers who have been forced to subsidize these bad decisions through higher taxes.
Five hints from the Malloy administration to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on how to stay the least popular governor in America.
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