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As Governor M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly seek to close the existing state budget deficit and adopt a balanced budget for the next fiscal biennium, various proposals call for increasing taxes on the affluent. Several groups argue the wealthy aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes. However, a new Yankee Institute study of who pays Connecticut’s state income tax reveals that the top 20 percent of Connecticut income earners – those who make more than $100,000 a year – already pay 80 percent of state income tax receipts.read more
You’re sensitive to the environment. You reduce, reuse, and recycle. But to a group of radical environmentalists and state legislators, you are an ecological sinner if you carry your groceries home in a plastic bag. As penance, they want you to pay a “plastax” of 5 cents on every bag you use. This new tax should be rejected.read more
As we enter the season in which many towns are voting on their budgets, more schools than ever are asking for increases to cover school technology spending. Some parents are delighted by the prospect of turning classrooms into “high tech” learning facilities, but not all experts are convinced. As far back as 2000, Stanford University education professor Larry Cuban compared the value of technology spending to “buying dot.com stocks that lose money year after year.”read more
They say sacred cows make the best hamburger, so here goes: To save Connecticut’s dairy industry, we need to slaughter cattle instead of subsidizing farmers.read more
HARTFORD – With the poor economy continuing to be a burden on Connecticut’s citizens, the Yankee Institute’s Policy Director, Heath W. Fahle, called the budget proposal announced this morning by Democratic legislators a “death sentence” for our state.read more
The first rule of holes is: If you are in one, stop digging. Legislative Leaders in the Connecticut General Assembly have demonstrated they haven’t learned this lesson yet.read more
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