Fergus Cullen, Executive Director of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, issues the following statement in response to the Attorney General’s announcement today clearing the Yankee Institute of accusations made by SEBAC:

“We appreciate this full and speedy exoneration by Attorney General Jepsen. We regret that SEBAC’s wild accusations wasted his time, the Auditor’s time, and that of their staffs. We all have better things to do.

From the start, the Yankee Institute called SEBAC’s charges paranoid and delusional, and said making reckless accusations without a shred of evidence damaged the union’s credibility. Rank and file state employees deserve better for their dues than the stunning incompetence of union staff throughout the concessions ratification process. Heckuva job, Matt, Larry, and Dan.

The unions like to say they stand up for working people. The group that really stands up for Connecticut’s working people – the three million taxpayers who provide the salaries and benefits of government workers – is the Yankee Institute.

The unions can file harassing complaints with the Attorney General to try to silence us. They can pressure our landlord to rescind our lease. But we will not be intimidated from defending Connecticut’s taxpayers.

SEBAC has defamed and slandered us, and abused the state’s whistleblower law with false and unsubstantiated accusations. We reserve our legal options.”

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The Yankee Institute is a think tank that develops and advocates free-market and private sector solutions to public policy issues to improve lives through freedom and opportunity. Founded in 1984, Yankee has offices on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The Yankee Institute is nonpartisan research and educational organization and is classified by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.


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