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One in 20 Connecticut Residents Have Given Up Looking For Work

New research released today by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, in conjunction with the Liberty Foundation, shows that one in 20 Connecticut residents has given up looking for work since 2008. The state’s labor participation rate dropped 4.2 percent from 2008 to 2013, from 69 percent to 64.8 percent. In addition, the state still has not recovered all the jobs that were lost in the 2008 recession. There were 23,900 fewer Connecticut residents working in August 2014, compared to January 2008. “This decline highlights the weakness of Connecticut’s economy, and shows just how incomplete its recovery from the 2008 Read on →

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Roadmap to Renewal: Policy Solutions to Revitalize Connecticut

Do you ever wonder why our taxes are so high and yet our roads are still falling apart, and our schools are still struggling, and we continue to face deficits year after year? Our sky-high tax burden consistently puts us on all kinds of “worst of” lists, but our state lawmakers still seem to want more money every year. Where does all that money go? That was the question we asked ourselves as we prepared our “Roadmap to Renewal: Policy Solutions to Revitalize Connecticut.” What we found is that Connecticut does things the more expensive way at every turn, but Read on →

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. . . And That’s Not All!

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!!!

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To Tell the Truth: It’s Another Winner!

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!

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Honest, Enterprising & Free: Our Next Winner!

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.

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And the Winners Keep On Coming: Honoring Some “Active” Citizens!

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.

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Another Winner: From Yankee to DC’s Corridors of Power

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!

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And the first winner is…

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.

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Celebrate Yankee’s Thirtieth Anniversary

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. The winners: The Cincinnatus Award- Sen. Read on →

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