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 if we start doing the state’s business with an eye to the future and with the steep sacrifice the state already asks of its taxpayers – particularly those in the middle class – we can turn things around.
- We can move state employees into compensation and benefits packages that more closely resemble those who work in the private sector.
- We can treat all companies equally, both those who choose to use union labor and those who don’t, with the recognition that all workers want to work for a good and decent wage.
- We can reduce the regulatory burden we place on small and large businesses alike, freeing up business growth and development.
- And, we can reward schools that are finding new and creative way to teach our children and improve education.
We at the Yankee Institute believe strongly that our state’s taxpayers should be able to keep more of their hard-earned dollars in their own pockets, and that the state needs to treat the tax dollars we send to Hartford as a sacred trust, to be used wisely and prudently.
Our Roadmap to Renewal provides clear, common sense solutions that offer opportunity, ensure fairness, and promote prosperity for all generations of Connecticut’s people. View the brochure version here.