Two proposed bills – one allowing union re-certification elections and another ensuring labor contract language complies with the Supreme Court’s Janus decision – were filed with the House of Representatives and referred to the Labor and Public Employees Committee. An...read more
Four times in the past ten years Democratic lawmakers and union officials have tried to pass a bill restricting businesses from talking to their employees about unionization efforts only to have Attorney General George Jepsen inform them in 2011 -- and again in 2018...read more
Greenwich Senator Alexandra Bergstein started off the legislative session by filing a bill to authorize the Connecticut Department of Transportation to put electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways. Proposed Bill No. 102 would amend state statutes to require the DOT...read more
As some legislative leaders call for tolls on Connecticut’s highways, new revenue estimates from the state show transportation funding is expected to increase by $310 million by 2023. The Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Policy and Management released their...read more
In the six months since the controversial Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, state employee unions gained 2,952 members but lost income from 11 percent of state employees, according to a comparison of union membership numbers between April and December of...read more
Democrat Leaders in the Connecticut House and Senate indicated they would be willing to reduce the gasoline tax in order to gain public and political support for tolls.Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said he would be willing to cut gasoline...read more
The Policy Corner With Scott Shepard
Gov. Ned Lamont’s state of the state address this week hit many of the right notes – Connecticut’s people need a bit of cheerfulness and optimism after eight years of the opposite. But… (You knew that was coming, didn’t you?) After listening closely to his State of...
The counter-intuitive fact is that Connecticut’s estate tax hurts everyone – and mostly hurts those who depend on state payments, not those who pay the most in taxes. We need to abandon it. Proponents of estate taxes make a number of arguments in its...
The Fitch Files
CTFastrak will be part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s legacy in Connecticut and has been a political talking point for both sides of the aisle for years. A 12-hour bus ride helps tell the history, effect and possible future of CTFastrak.read more
Imagine a workplace in which you feel it necessary to video-record yourself making a trip to the bathroom in case you are confronted by colleagues; where employees allegedly hire private investigators to follow each other around; where petty personal disputes become matters of extensive internal investigations.read more
On a Side Note
In a classic Saturday Night Live skit, Will Ferrell played a goofy George W. Bush and debated Darrell Hammond as a boring, one-note Al Gore in the lead up to the 2000 Presidential Election.When asked by the moderator what word best summarized their...
If the accused were trying to “stick it to the man,” they stuck it to the wrong one – the taxpayers who have been forced to subsidize these bad decisions through higher taxes.
Five hints from the Malloy administration to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on how to stay the least popular governor in America.
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