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Fighting for Opportunity, Fairness and Prosperity

The chairman of Yankee Institute’s board, Rob Simmons, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal piece discussing the outcome of Connecticut’s gubernatorial race. Of course, as a 501(c)(3), Yankee Institute does not participate in partisan politics.  But given Yankee’s mission to develop and advance policies that offer opportunity, ensure fairness and promote prosperity — and as an organization committed to the well-being of Connecticut’s people — we have a decided point of view about what governing approach will yield the best results for our citizens. In the wake of Tuesday’s election, some in the state have actually implied that proponents of less-greedy, less-intrusive government Read on →

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Celebrate with Yankee!

Please join us on Thursday, December 4th at the Stamford Sheraton for the Yankee Institute’s 30th Anniversary Gala. We’ll be celebrating with special guest and Champion of Freedom award recipient Larry Kudlow! VIP Reception 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Includes photo opportunity, complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres $400 per couple, $250 per person Yankee Reception 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages to be served $250 per couple, $150 per person A limited number of reserved tables are also available on a first come/first served basis. Business Attire. Click here to purchase your tickets now!

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Bottom 10 yet again

Connecticut in Bottom 10 For Business Tax Climate Other states, like New York, enacting significant tax reform EAST HARTFORD – While other states are starting to initiate significant tax reform, Connecticut still has not done anything to make its tax climate more business-friendly, despite its placement at the bottom of several rankings and its slow economic growth. Today the Tax Foundation released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index. Connecticut was ranked 42nd out of the 50 states. “Connecticut loses too many jobs to other states because of its high-tax environment,” said Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute. Read on →

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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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