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During an April Appropriations Committee meeting, Rep. Rachel Chaleski (R-138th) noticed that only three out of four charter schools were funded in the proposed state budget. The one left out was a school planned for Danbury, which had already been approved by the State Board of Education in 2018. To rectify the situation, Rep. Chaleski introduced an amendment to fund the school, unaware she was upsetting the procedural applecart! The move caused an uproar at the Capitol. Although the amendment eventually failed, Rep. Chaleski is fighting on to give every student the chance to receive a good education. Learn more about her here.
Carol speaks with former N.Y. Lieutenant Governor and Yankee board member Betsy McCaughey about the non-profit organization she formed to reduce the risk of infections in hospitals and nursing homes. Listen to find out what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones from the hidden risks that lurk beneath the surface and how to choose a hospital or facility that will reduce your chance of contracting these potentially dangerous infections.For more information on this important topic, we encourage you to visit
Join us for Part II of Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau’s conversation with YI board member Professor Gerald Gunderson, a founder of Yankee Institute. This week’s episode focuses on entrepreneurship, ranging from art and hi-tech innovation to ancient Greece and modern day America. Tune in to learn more about how entrepreneurs have played a vital role in the advancement of civilization as we know it today!
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by YI board member Professor Gerald Gunderson, a founder of Yankee Institute. Professor Gunderson has served as Trinity College’s Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of American Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment at Trinity College since 1982. Dr. Gunderson is also the author of The New Economic History of America and The Wealth Creators: An Entrepreneurial History of the United States. His conversation with Carol ranges from Yankee Institute’s early days to his own storied career to his thoughts on higher education today and where it’s headed.
Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by YI’s advisor on government affairs, Andrew Markowski. He is a principal at Statehouse Associates, LLC, and a denizen of the Capitol, whose business it is to know everything that goes on in that storied building – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Andy speaks with Carol about how he became a specialist in government affairs, what it’s like to be deeply involved in day-to-day life at the Capitol, and how he manages to retain his idealism and good humor despite his “insider” knowledge about how the policy process really works in our state. 
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by former Connecticut teacher Jennifer Tafuto who made national headlines last year after she walked away from the classroom over concerns about Critical Race Theory. Jennifer talks about her experiences with CRT creeping into the curriculum, how she saw it starting to impact her students and what drove her to speak out.
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association to talk gas prices. As the cost at the pump seemingly reaches a new all-time records daily, Carol and Chris will look at the factors driving the increasing prices and what special factors play a role here in Connecticut. They will also look ahead towards the costs of other forms of energy and what the market may look like this winter when it comes time to heat your home this winter.
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by YI Director of Policy and Research Ken Girardin to talk about he recent policy paper CT’s Growing Problem: Population Trends in the Constitution State. Ken blows up the myth that Connecticut's population problem has to do with moving vans leaving the state. Ken also talks about the recent SEBAC negotiations and how the deal will impact state finances going forward.
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by Carolanne Marquis from Children's Educational Opportunity Foundation of Connecticut. They talk about the work Children's Educational Opportunity does in providing scholarships to low-income families in Connecticut so more kids can get the benefit of a private-school education.Carolanne talks about the application process and shares some of the heartwarming stories of some of the program's biggest success stories.
In this episode, Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau is joined by Dan Haar from Hearst Media. They talk about Connecticut's financial outlook and look back at how the state got to be where it is now. Dan also talks about his writing process and how he gets some of his ideas.Plus the story of how Dan nearly accidentally knocked Larry Bird out of the 1987 NBA finals.
Carol Platt Liebau talks to Marc Fitch about the launch of Connecticut Inside Investigator and his work as an investigative journalist.  They also delve into some of Marc’s other writing including his non-fiction books and horror novels.  Marc also tells the story about how he got his start at Yankee Institute and the role muttonchop sideburns played in his hiring. 
Did you get free Covid-19 test kits from the U.S. Postal Service? If so, you may have been one of 68 million citizens whose private information was given to labor unions. This breach in sensitive data was discovered by Americans for Fair Treatment (AFFT) — a nonprofit organization that educates public employees about their rights in a unionized workplace and connects these employees with all available resources to defend those rights. Elisabeth Kines Messenger (CEO of AFFT and former executive vice president at Yankee Institute) explains how AFFT is holding the U.S. Postal Service accountable and discussed how Connecticut is a testing ground for labor policies across the country. Learn more about AFFT here.
With session winding down and the budget taking shape, Reps. Holly Cheeseman (R-37) and Tammy Nuccio (R-53) discuss the importance of the 2017 bipartisan budget’s fiscal guardrails on the current proceedings, and ways to improve the overall process so Connecticut can avoid economic hardships. Learn more about Rep. Cheeseman here; and more about Rep. Nuccio here.
More than 700 bills that made it out of committee now await for a vote by the General Assembly. Bryce Chinault — Yankee Institute's director of external affairs — breaks down the good bills that expand free market principles and individual liberties, and the bad bills that restrict those rights. To help Connecticut voters know what bills are good and bad, Chinault developed a ‘Bill Tracker’ providing analysis on high priority pieces of legislation as well as an easy-to-use ‘Take Action’ tool to contact your representative. Learn more, and Take Action here.
Why is the vast regulatory state dangerous? Todd Gaziano, chief of legal policy and strategic research at the Pacific Legal Foundation, explains how Congress’ delegation of legislative authority to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats has undermined the “separation of powers” enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, what led us here and how to reverse the trend. Learn more about how PLF is defending liberty and justice for all here.
Matt Guarnieri believes in unionization; however, when he failed to receive support from his local union, and witnessed the over-politicization of school policies from the national union, he left. He now belongs to Christian Educators and became a member of Americans for Fair Treatment (AFFT).
As Connecticut Inside Investigator celebrates the first anniversary of its launch, Conner Drigotas (managing editor) and Marc Fitch (senior investigative reporter) provide a retrospective on the challenges and rewards starting a news outlet has presented. They also dive into the investigations and stories that have made a real impact on the lives of state residents. If you want hard-hitting stories and original investigations that no other news outlet will touch, subscribe to CII’s free newsletter today! Follow here. 
David Flemming has joined Yankee Institute as its new policy director. A lifelong Vermonter and former energy policy analyst at the Ethan Allen Institute, he discusses the policy opportunities in Connecticut, his passion for research, political ‘awakening’ and education at Hillsdale College. David recalls his experience briefly interning for Sen. Bernie Sanders — and how he may even have accidentally hit him while riding a bike in Burlington. 
The UConn Men’s Basketball Team has just won a national championship, the program’s 5th since 1999, which now ties Duke and Indiana for the number of titles all time. Joe D’Ambrosio — a sportscaster known as the “Voice of the Huskies” — joins Y CT Matters to discuss how UConn’s coach Dan Hurley built a team to win it all and what the championship means for the state. D’Ambrosio is currently the broadcaster for UConn Hockey and UConn baseball, filling in on WJMJ-FM. Follow him here. 
The TCI gas tax may be back and worse than before! Chris Herb of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) explains how the General Assembly is abdicating its legislative authority to an unelected bureaucrat who could lock the state into economically regressive emissions programs similar to TCI. Read the full bill (S.B. 1145) here. Learn more about CEMA here. 
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