General Assembly Balks At Economic Reform Initiative, Votes For More Study

With the flight of corporations, young people and retirees from Connecticut and its stagnant economy, the General Assembly was under pressure to respond.

But before adjourning Wednesday and heading for the campaign trail, state lawmakers scaled back a sweeping set of recommendations intended to point Connecticut in a different direction as it struggles with declining revenue and a shrinking economy.

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Statement of Co-Chairs of Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Concerning the Bipartisan Budget Agreement

“On behalf of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, we congratulate the leaders of the General Assembly on again fashioning a bipartisan budget.  We are pleased that several studies of proposals made by the Commission were authorized as part of the bill, indicating serious interest in our work.  These studies are only seeds, which might grow into structural reform in future years – rather than reform itself – but it is a start down the long road of fixing our state’s deep-seated problems. 

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Editorial: State leaders must act to create sustainable, equitable, inclusive growth

Whatever your opinion on the recommendations set forth in the recently released report from the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, the alternative being the status quo, is demonstrably worse.  The report confirms well-known facts about the structural issues that threaten the vitality of our state and makes a compelling case for a comprehensive, long view approach to addressing them.

The report also makes clear that there is no viable way forward without shared sacrifice.

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Dan Haar: Sweeping economic plan will break into pieces

They said it should be all or nothing. “No cherry-picking.” Enact the sweeping package of reforms whole, without removing the politically tough measures, they insisted.

And members of the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Growth meant it — back on March 1.

Now, after five weeks of hard politics, it’s clear the commission’s remake of the state tax code, along with a boatload of other changes designed to move the state forward, isn’t going to happen in a short legislative session, in an election year, with business and labor opposing key measures.

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Let’s not waste the work of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, created during the drama-fraught 2017 budget battle to recommend bold action for jump starting Connecticut’s economy, fulfilled its mandate to produce a comprehensive plan by March 1 of this year. Even more astonishing than the Commission meeting its deadline, four legislative committees held a hearing on the Commission’s report before March 31, as required by statute.

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John Breunig: A new game board in Connecticut

"Sometimes we have to take the good with the bad, but the absolute worst we can do is nothing at all."

That was Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, endorsing a diverse and potentially painful array of recommendations to revitalize Connecticut compiled by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. The 14-member commission was established by statute last October.

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EDITORIAL: Connecticut needs to make fundamental fiscal changes

"Sometimes we have to take the good with the bad, but the absolute worst we can do is nothing at all."

That was Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, endorsing a diverse and potentially painful array of recommendations to revitalize Connecticut compiled by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. The 14-member commission was established by statute last October.

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CCM Endorses Special Commission's Full Report

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has endorsed the full report of a special state commission that called for wide-ranging changes that include tax increases, tax decreases, and moves to help municipalities.

CCM’s 27-member board of directors endorsed the entire package of the state Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth that has generated some controversy by calling for cuts in the state income tax, an increase in the sales tax, and changes in a wide variety of areas.

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