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Stay Engaged With the 2014 Legislative Session Through CPI

  • Feb 04, 2014
  • Ben Zimmer

The 2014 Connecticut legislative session begins tomorrow.  The Connecticut Policy Institute will be providing several ways for you to stay on top of what’s going down in Hartford without having to invest too much of your own time.

Weekly Bill / Hearing Tracker & Analysis

Every day, the CPI will be tracking the proposed bills, scheduled hearings, and other legislative activity with the most direct impact on ordinary Connecticut residents and businesses.  We will post weekly summaries and accompanying analysis on our blog, and also include them in our weekly newsletter.  For more frequent updates than once a week, follow us on Facebookor Twitter.   

2014 Legislative Awards

For the second straight year, the 2014 legislative session will feature the CPI's, "Connecticut's Choice Legislative Awards" -- a lighthearted and interactive way for Connecticut residents to engage with the legislative session and hold political leaders accountable.  Anyone can submit a nomination for an award through this form, and the winners are determined entirely by popular voting on our website. 

Below are the four awards, with the 2013 winners listed.  Last session we received more than 25 nominations and 500 votes across all four awards.  This year we’re hoping to get even more participation, so if you see a policy proposal that makes you cringe or laugh be sure to submit a nomination and encourage your friends to vote. 

Worst Policy Idea

2013 winners:  First place: Gov. Malloy's ongoing "First Five" and "Next Five" programs paying companies to move to or stay in Connecticut.  Second place: An Act Requiring Use of Gender-Neutral "People at Work" Signs by the Department of Transportation.

Golden Fleece Award

2013 winner: $120M of State Spending on Hartford-New Britain Busway (plus $10M annually in operating costs)

Biggest Time Waster Award

2013 winner: Legislative Hearing Debating Who Decides How Long Hookah Lounges Can Be Open

Absurd Quote Award:

2013 winner: Gov. Malloy's claim that Connecticut is "leading the way" on job creation

New Policy Research & Recommendation

Stay tuned for new CPI policy papers in the coming months featuring research, analysis, and recommendations on:

  • Urban policy
  • Unfunded state mandates on municipalities
  • Public pension liabilities and CT's long-term fiscal outlook
  • Education Policy
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