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AFP-CT First Annual Legislative Score Card

AFP-CT First Annual Legislative Score Card

October 05, 2012

CLICK HERE to view the AFP-CT Legislative Score Card

As you know, Connecticut taxpayers have labored for the last twenty-one years under one of the heaviest tax burdens in the nation. In too many measurements and metrics, Connecticut now finds itself leading in areas in which we do not want to be leading and underperforming in areas where we should be excelling.

For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2000 to 2010, Connecticut ranked 42nd in private sector job growth.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1960 Connecticut’s state spending has skyrocketed, increasing by more than 600%, while state outstanding debt is up by more than 330%, after accounting for inflation.

When you consider Connecticut’s current economic condition, you find that the key indicators and statistics bear out what two decades of over taxation and overregulation will do. Simply put, Connecticut currently faces an uphill economic battle and our business owners and citizens in general are frustrated with the lack of progress and focus being given to this critical situation.

It is no surprise that the non-partisan group, The Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA), named CT as a “Sinkhole” state, a label the state earned by being one of five states in the country that IFTA’s research revealed to be in the worst financial positions.

Additionally, the non-partisan group State Budget Solutions ranked Connecticut 48th in Per Capita Debt. Connecticut residents are roughly $28,000 in debit to the state of Connecticut based on this new study.

For too long, our legislators in Hartford have not been held accountable for their role in putting our state back on the path to prosperity. They have been allowed to say one thing to the voters and do another while at the Statehouse. It is my hope that this Score Card will begin to force them to take responsibility for their voting record with the people they are elected to represent.

During the last legislative session there were numerous votes that will negatively impact our state’s economic outlook. Rather than detailing them all, we chose to focus on what we consider to be the five most egregious votes against economic freedom and prosperity. I encourage you to learn more about these votes and look more closely at how your representatives voted on other issues as well.

For our part, we will continue to monitor legislation in Hartford that will both help and hinder our state’s economic outlook and keep you informed so that you can do your part in holding our elected officials accountable.

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