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Last Chance to Register for Tax Event!

Visit taxfoundation.eventbrite.com/ or click here to save your spot now for our breakfast event on Wednesday, April 22 at the Hartford Club. The Tax Foundation’s Joe Henchman will be talking to us about how to fix Connecticut’s financial future. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets include free parking. Yankee is pleased to host this event in conjunction with the CT Chapter of the Federalist Society.

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Not So Happy Tax Day!

Despite Highest Tax Burden in the Country, CT Lawmakers Push for Even More Hikes It’s April 15, and taxes are due – but in Connecticut, tax day is far from a sign of relief. Connecticut residents will need to keep working for another month just to pay off our total tax bill. In fact, Connecticut residents will be the last of any state in the country to pay off tax obligations, when combining federal, state and local tax bills. According to the Yankee Institute, a taxpayer watchdog group, this pattern is bound to drive hardworking Connecticut residents out of the Read on →

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Tax on Low-wage Jobs: Fewer Jobs, Higher Prices

The Yankee Institute released a policy brief today, Tax on Low-wage Jobs: Fewer Jobs, Higher Prices. Yankee President Carol Platt Liebau issued the following statement on the proposal to tax employers across Connecticut: “Taxing businesses that either can’t or don’t pay $15 per hour guarantees only one thing: Fewer jobs for the people who need them most. As we’ve seen, after Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage, businesses have been forced to shut down or move out. When that happens, employees aren’t better off – they’re out of a job.” “Low-wage jobs aren’t the ideal for anyone. But often, they Read on →

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Event: Connecticut Can Do Better — Learn How!

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 attorney and policy analyst 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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