Connecticut is too expensive for workers and families. Our economy is heading in the wrong direction. State spending is out of control and taxes are too high. We must hold state lawmakers accountable, so businesses can compete with those in neighboring states, add much-needed jobs, and help young people build their futures here. Fixing Connecticut’s economy must be the #1 priority for state lawmakers.
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO FIX CONNECTICUT.
The 5-point plan to fix connecticut
Prioritize Economic and Job Growth. Connecticut’s one of the few states in the country yet to recover all jobs lost in the 2008-2010 recession. Let’s help businesses compete for talent, expand private-public workforce development initiatives, and continue strengthening high school and college programs to meet the needs of our 21st century economy. The best way to solve our fiscal problems is to grow our economy.
Cut State Spending. We must stop spending what we don’t have. It’s time to reduce the size and cost of government, privatize appropriate state services, expand the use of non-profit agencies, and put the brakes on spiraling overtime costs.
Make Connecticut More Affordable. That starts with lowering taxes. Connecticut’s personal income, business, and property tax burden is one of the highest in the country— a key factor behind the state’s population decline, including the loss of billions of dollars in income.
Reform the State Employment Retirement System. Align state employee compensation and benefits with Northeast states’ public sectors and the private sector and end the use of overtime in calculating pensions.
Improve Connecticut’s Business Climate. Reject costly, burdensome workplace mandates, cut unnecessary red tape, block new taxes and fees that drive up healthcare costs, reform the state’s unemployment compensation system, and overhaul our transportation infrastructure.
HERE's WHY WE NEED A PLAN
Connecticut is the only state in the country with an economy that has not grown since the recession ended eight years ago.
Connecticut has recovered just 88% of all jobs lost during the recession, trailing the region and country in job growth.
Connecticut’s tax rates—personal income, property, sales, and business taxes—are far higher than national and regional averages.
Each Connecticut taxpayer now owes $53,400 to pay off the state’s growing debts.
YOU CAN MAKE CONNECTICUT MORE AFFORDABLE
Here Are The Facts
“State spending [in Connecticut] is projected to outpace existing revenue sources by $2.1 billion during the first new fiscal year after the November elections.”
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