All Policy Papers

Jobs & the Economy, Taxes & Government Spending

Connecticut's Public Pension Liabilities: How Big Are They and What Can Be Done About Them

  • Sep 14, 2012
  • Connecticut Policy Institute
Connecticut's Public Pension Liabilities: How Big Are They and What Can Be Done About Them

With realistic accounting assumptions, Connecticut's unfunded public pension liabilities exceed $60B, $20B more than the state reports. The paper also compares lifetime public and private sector compensation in Connecticut and sets forth options the state has for reducing its liabilities.

Government Administration, Elections

Initiatives and Referenda: Is Abstinence the Right Policy for Connecticut?

  • May 02, 2012
Initiatives and Referenda: Is Abstinence the Right Policy for Connecticut?

This paper corrects popular misconceptions about ballot initiatives and referenda and overviews the different types of direct democracy tools Connecticut might consider adopting to improve the structure and effectiveness of its government.

Education

Reforming Connecticut's Schools: "The Four Big Things"

  • Mar 04, 2012
  • Connecticut Policy Institute
Reforming Connecticut's Schools:

This paper focuses on "The Four Big Things" Connecticut must do to improve its underperforming schools. "The Four Big Things" are based on reforms in other states that have proven to have the most significant positive impact on student outcomes.

Jobs & the Economy

Connecticut Job Creation: Separating Policy from Politics

  • Jan 05, 2012
  • Connecticut Policy Institute
Connecticut Job Creation: Separating Policy from Politics

Analysis and recommendations for what Connecticut policymakers should, and should not, do to both alleviate short-term unemployment and promote long-term sustainable job growth in Connecticut.

Taxes & Government Spending

Don't Kill the Golden Goose

  • Feb 11, 2011

This paper discusses the limits of Connecticut's ability to raise revenue through income tax increases given the state's highly mobile tax base.