Yankee Institute Blog

Twelve bills to love during the 2017 legislative session

Connecticut may be in dire straits at the moment, but some lawmakers are looking to turn things around by sponsoring bills that can help Connecticut get back on the right track. To be sure there are many more pieces of legislation introduced that deserve credit, but for now here are twelve bills in particular that will make the necessary reforms for Connecticut and its residents to grow and thrive.

Whistleblower prompts bill to restrict taxpayer-funded union work

Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to stop taxpayer money from paying state employees to do union work after an anonymous whistleblower sent a package of information unveiling the practice.

State employees – known as union stewards or representatives – are able to take time off from their jobs to conduct union business while still being paid their normal wages by the state – known as union business leave.

Labor committee co-chair tells businesses they “need to pay” for $15 minimum wage, low-wage employer tax

A contentious public hearing before the Labor and Public Employees Committee went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers heard testimony on a number of bills that could have big impacts on hiring in Connecticut.

Committee co-chair, Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, told Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association that “those who can afford to pay, need to pay.”

UConn leads state agencies in excessive employee payoffs

The University of Connecticut paid one dozen employees large settlements – many over $100,000 – to get them to resign and keep quiet about their time in state government, according to state auditors.

Other agencies participated in the practice, too, although less frequently. The Auditors of Public Accounts faulted the practice because the agreements lacked oversight from the governor or attorney general as required by law and keeps potential whistleblowers from speaking out.

Page 20 of 59« First...10...1819202122...304050...Last »
Stay Connected!

Stay Connected!

Receive updates on our efforts to bring common sense fiscal reform to Connecticut.

You have Successfully Subscribed!