Policy Papers: Legislation

Taxes & Government Spending, Government Administration, Legislation

How Connecticut Can Fix its Unclaimed Property Laws

  • Feb 03, 2016
  • John Ehrett
How Connecticut Can Fix its Unclaimed Property Laws

The state has an opportunity to make its unclaimed property system work better and generate additional revenue at a time of considerable fiscal stress. It should act.

Education, Legislation

Higher Education Funding in Connecticut: What Policymakers Should Know and Do

  • Dec 05, 2015
  • Dennis Zeveloff
Higher Education Funding in Connecticut: What Policymakers Should Know and Do

Even as costs at Connecticut's public colleges rise, graduation rates lag. The state's higher education funding system may be part of the problem. This paper proposes reforming the way the state funds its public colleges and universities.

Education, Legislation

Improving the Equity and Efficiency of Connecticut's K-12 Education Funding

  • Apr 12, 2015
  • Ben Zimmer and Sam Hodgson
Improving the Equity and Efficiency of Connecticut's K-12 Education Funding

Connecticut has one of the country’s highest educational achievement gaps between high and low poverty students. This paper analyzes Connecticut’s current K-12 school funding system, explains why it's ineffective, and proposes a student-based funding formula.

Jobs & the Economy, Taxes & Government Spending, Legislation

Connecticut's Public Pensions Crisis: What's At Stake, and What Can We Do About It?

  • Nov 12, 2014
  • Ben Zimmer and Christopher L. Griffin, Jr.
Connecticut's Public Pensions Crisis: What's At Stake, and What Can We Do About It?

This slide deck ties together the CPI's work on the public policy and legal issues surrounding pension reform in CT. It includes data on the magnitude and consequences of the state's pension crisis, recommendations for reform, and analysis on the laws governing pension reform.

Jobs & the Economy, Taxes & Government Spending, Legislation

Connecticut's Legal Liability for Modifying Public Pension Benefits

  • Nov 12, 2014
  • Christopher L. Griffin, Jr.
Connecticut's Legal Liability for Modifying Public Pension Benefits

This paper analyzes Connecticut’s leeway to make various changes to its pension plans in light of current state and federal law. It also discusses the implications of this analysis for public employees, taxpayers, and government officials as the state continues to consider various policies for addressing its public pension crisis.