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Funding Ratio Falls for State Employee Pensions
As of June 30, 2012 funding ratio for State Employees Retirement System was 42.3 percent. By 2014 it was 41.5 percent.
CTNewsJunkie.com - Christine Stuart - Dec 3 2014
Auditors Rap Comptroller by Don Michak of the Journal Inquirer
Auditors More Miscues Managing CT Teachers Retirement System by Keith Phaneur of CTMirror.org
Reports by Two - Excellent News Reporters - Dec 2014
Connecticut in Crisis
State Debt 68 Billion Dollars
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Nov 2014
REPUBLICANS WIN CONGRESS
Malloy Claims Victory in Connecticut
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Nov 2014
BREAKING Foley leads Malloy in latest Rasmussen Poll
Connecticut Pays Second Highest Property Taxes in Nation
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Oct 19, 2014
Public Retirement Plan for Private Sector Employees
Being Pursued by Governor Malloy as it is being denounced by many experts.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 2014
STOCKTON BANKRUPTCY RULING A BLOW TO PENSIONS - LA TIMES
The Decision by a Federal Judge could impact Public Employee Pensions Throughout the Country
LATimes - Staff - Oct 2014
US Justice Department
Issues Report on NY City Dept of Corrections Where Malloy Appointee Served
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - Aug 2014
Access Health CT Systems Error Affecting Thousands
272 Billion Dlrs Annually Lost thru Fraud Corruption and More in US Healthcare System and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - July 2014
US Debt now 18 Bil dlrs
Appeals Court Deals Blow to Obama care and Much More News
Federation of - CT Taxpayers - July 2014
Corruption and Fraud Cost US Healthcare Billions of Dollars Annually
CT Access Health Drops 5700, Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails,and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - July 2014
Courts Pummel Public Sector Unions
Court ruling that Personal Care Attendants in Illinois Cannot Be Forced to Join Union could Impact Connecticut. Review Other Court Rulings.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 30 2014
Nonpartisan Analysts Predict 2.8 Billion Dollar Budget Deficit for 2016 - 2017
CT State Employee Retirement System Dramatically Underfunded as it had 9.7 billion dollars in assets and 23 billion dollars in liabilities
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 2 2014
Sen Blumenthal is Fourth Richest Member of Congress, St Comptroller Launches Real Time State Spendin
See What Congressional Staffers are Earning, Americans Spent Three Decades Paying for Fed Project that Does Not Exist
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - May 18, 2014
Next governor faces a 2.7 billion dollar budget deficit
High Taxes and Cost of Living forcing Nutmeggers from CT. Law firm of Cafero and Ritter controversy. State of the State.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - May 2014
ANALYSTS Malloys Budget for Connecticut Was Never Balanced
Some State Pensions in Dire Straits. Connecticut is One of Them.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - March 2014
Does Your Vote Count as Much as Their Money
The Hidden National Security Threat. Dark Money Corruption Unions and Corporations
Federation of - CT Taxpayers - March 2014
Out of State Money in CT Lawmakers Campaigns
Gov is going to give you 55 dollars but WOW LOOK WHAT THEY GOT.....
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Feb 11, 2014
WHO IS GETTING YOUR MONEY AND HOW MUCH ARE THEY GETTING - CHECK IT OUT
MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A CORPORATE WELFARE PROGRAM IN CT
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Feb 2, 2014
Obama Year of Missteps. Obama Signs Bi Partisan Budget Deal.
Check out State Employee Salaries and Pensions as one State Retiree Fights for a Pension of 367,000 Dollars and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Jan 2014
CORPORATE WELFARE IN CONNECTICUT
Includes Hybrid Insurance Now Being Investigated by the Feds as the City of Hartford and the State released taxpayer dollars which may be forever lost. Also included are companies which got our money but closed their doors.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Jan 31, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO The Day of New London and its Excellent Reporting on State Employee Pensions
Taxpayers take the time to review the pensions you are paying and much more info as CT Taxpayers are TAXED TO THE MAX.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Jan 2014
Lets Make 2014 the Year of Municipal Transparency
Check out the State Transparency Website and the Town of East Hartford. Ask Your town to Upload Similar Info on Your Towns website.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 1, 2014
STATE DEFICITS... HIGH SIX FIGURE STATE PENSIONS... HIGH SIX AND SEVEN FIGURE STATE SALARIES
HIGH STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES...BROKE TAXPAYERS.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Dec 30,2013
The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations Recognizes FLO STAHL
For her dedication to Improving Government for Taxpayers in Avon and Throughout Connecticut. Read her two excellent editorials.
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - Dec 30,2013
TWO BOMB BLASTS IN RUSSIA 40 DAYS PRIOR TO OLYMPICS
A Deadly Mix in Benghazi
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - Dec 30,2013
PENSION CRISIS IN CHICAGO
19.5 BILLION DOLLARS SHORT, IS IT TIME TO END COLLECTIVE BARGAINING....
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - Dec 2013
Of the 10 Most Threatened State Pension Plans Connecticut Ranks Number 2
Judge Rules Detroit Pensions on the Block .... How Many Other Cities Will Follow
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Org - Dec 2013
State of our State
1 Bil Dlr Deficit Awaits Next Governor Also CT Worst Performing Economy and More News on the State of our State
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Dec 2013
It is time to Audit and Regulate the Metropolitan District Commission
MDC Website Should Include Personnel Wages, Benefits, Pensions, Vendor and Contract Payments, Audits, Budgets, Attorney Fees, and Transparency of Disbursement for 2 Billion Dlr Clean Water Project
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Org - Nov 24, 2013
CT Taxpayers Paying 13.6 Million Dollars in Longevity Payments
Grand Jury Convened as Feds Subpeona Hartford Records and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Oct 28, 2013
State employee welfare fraud cases detailed in court, States and Cities Pension Mess
State Hires a Convicted Prostitute Who Steals 44,000 dlrs and Receives No Jail Time. Obama Administration Helped Kill Transparency Push on Military Aid and Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Org - Sept 23,2013
Wisconsin Gov Walker Wins Big Against Unions, Pension Payouts Draw Controversy in Bankrupt Detroit
Jackson Proves Crime Pays for DC Crooks, Potassium Iodide Pills Distributed to those Near Millstone, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Sept 11, 2013
CONNECTICUT PENSION CRISIS,Connecticut Pays Pensions as High as 276,000 Dlrs
CT State and Local Pensions Highest in the US, State Pension Plan Less than 30 Percent Funded
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - September 10, 2013
Two More Receive Prison Sentences in the Donovan Campaign Scandal
Federation Asks AG Jepsen to Pursue Legislation to Place the Burden of Cost for Incarceration on the Felons, Not the Taxpayers
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Sept 5, 2013
How Did Rich Connecticut Become One of Americas Worst Performing Economies
State Paid out 37 Million Dollars and Failed to Tell the Public of their Meetings and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Aug 5,, 2013
Welfare Makes More Sense Than Work
CT Mastery Test Scores Drop, Another Private Business Receives Taxpayer Funded Incentives, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Aug 14, 2013
State Jobs for Party Loyalists Which Taxpayers and Not the Political Parties are Funding
State of Connecticut Payments to Vendors FY 2005-2006 thru 2011-2012
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - July 17, 2013
What Do Connecticut and Detroit Have in Common
DEBT LOTS OF DEBT AND A FITCH DOWNGRADE as Connecticut Pays Pensions as High as 276,000 Dollars
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - June 22 2013
CT Highways Ranked Among Worst,IRS Leak Soc Security Numbers
Fitch Downgrades CT, 3.5 Million Dlr Cost to Taxpayers for Death Row Inmates Lawsuits, MDC Loses 2.9 Mil Suit and More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Org - July 9, 2013
As State Property Tax Proposed Taxpayers Will Pay 125 Million Dlrs for State Employee Wage Increases
Between 5 and 6 Percent, Changes to Referendum Laws Regarding Automated Calling Systems, Investigators Uncovered Culture of Corruption at State
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - June 27, 2013
Supreme Court upholds 2.9 million dollar decision against MDC
The court stated in its ruling that the MDC which is treated as a municipality under the law was not immune from the suit filed by the cyclist.
Journal Inquuirer - David Huck - JULY 5, 2013
State Property Tax Proposed
Detroit on Brink of Bankruptcy and Much More News
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - June 2013
CT Economic Trend Worst In Nation, Check Yr Town State Aid
Investigators Uncover A Culture of Corruption at the Capitol, Senate Borrows 750 Million Dlrs to Pay Bills
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 6, 2013
Senate Approves Drivers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
CT State Legislators are proposing a State Run Retirement Plan for Private Sector Workers as State Employee Pensions Funded at Only 48 Percent, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - May 31, 2013
Jury Convicts Braddock, Political Corruption in CT
US Hits Debt Ceiling, Cabela Bros Prosper in Gun Debate, Apple Paid Little to No Taxes, and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - May 23, 2013
Sea of troubles for President Obama
Conspirator turned informant takes stand in trial of former Chris Donovan aide, More California Cities Could Fall to Bankrtuptcy
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - May 16, 2013
Connecticut budget deficit and why you should be worried
Check Out the State of our State. Great Job CTMirror.org on this excellent report. Also Much More News...
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - May 8, 2013
State Projected revenues plunge nearly 500 Million Dlrs, State economy headed for crisis
Esty briefs investors before vote, Wife returns money, Cafero emails with Ritter appear to benefit CRRA,Tom Foley Wants Stronger Ethics Laws, and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - May, 2013
REPORT State economy headed for crisis
Each CT taxpayer owes more than 50,000 Dlrs - CT Unemployment at 8 percent - Check out State Pensions and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - April 18, 2013
Blumenthal Uses Sandy Hook to Raise Campaign Cash, Donovan Campaign Mgr Pleads Guilty
Comptroller Lembo Provides Transparency, Some Mass and CT State Employee Pensions are Exorbitant and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - April 13, 2013
Historic Gun Bill Approved in CT, and Much More News
Gun owners to lawmakers, Battle to block new controls is just beginning,
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - April 5, 2013
Feds Subpoena Records Relating To Officials Including Wyman And Malloy Budget Chief
US Senate Passes Budget, Rowland Grand Jury Continues, Federation Proposes Resolution to Control Property Taxes and More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - March 23, 2013
A Resolution for Municipal Leaders by the Federation
To Submit to Their State Legislators To Reform Collective Bargaining Laws
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - March, 2013
JOIN THE FEDERATION ON MARCH 23, 2013 AND/OR APRIL 13, 2013
FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION ON HOW THE STATE BUDGET AND MANDATES IMPACT YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - March 21, 2013
DONOVAN SCANDAL UPDATES
Man to Plead Guilty to Fed Charges, Prosecutors Seek New Target and More
Various News - Sources - March, 2013
5 of 6 officials guilty in Bell Calif. corruption case
State Offered Development Deal To Makers Of Gun Used In Newtown Massacre and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - March 21, 2013
The Avon Taxpayers Association will host a public conversation with Gary Mala, Avon Superintendent
Thursday March 28th 7 pm at the Avon Public Library Community Room.
Flo Stahl - President, ATA - March 18, 2013
Salaries and Benefits Paid to State Employees in Fiscal Year 2012
State Transparency Website Notes we Paid 5.8 Billion Dollars for 92,456 Employees Earning Salaries and Benefits
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - March 4, 2013
US Frees 2000 Undocumented Immigrants
City of Detroit Broke State Takes Over and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - March 1, 2013
131.1 Million Dlr State Budget Deficit, National Debt 16.61 Trillion Dlrs
Another Federal Deadline May 18, Connecticut to lose 56M dlrs in sequestration, Will Your Receive a Supplemental Property Tax Bill
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - March 2, 2013
Invite to FCTO Meet March 23
Governors Budget Translates to High Property Taxes
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Org - Feb 20, 2013
1.35 Billion Dollars Paid To 45,500 State Retirees.
Highest Paid Over 269,000 Dlrs
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Feb 26, 2013
State of Connecticut Employees Earning 250,000 Dollars to 2,403,224 Dollars
In Salary and Benefits During Fiscal Year 2011
Information Obtained from - State of CT Transparency Website - Dec 2011
Malloy Releases Budget. GUARANTEED TO DRIVE PROPERTY TAXES.
TAXES A lethal weapon used by government and killing the finances and stability of Families and Businesses in CT and Throughout the Country
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 6, 2013
State Continues to Borrow Come Hell or High Water
Malloy Commits Millions of State Dlrs to Hedge Fund Whose Manager Was Paid 3.9 Billion in 2011 and Has Net Worth of 10 Billion Dlrs
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 30, 2013
Feds Claim Drones Can Target US Citizens
Governor Malloy and the Stamford Sewerage Treatment Plant, Latest Controversial Judicial Appointment, and More
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 5, 2013
Legislators Concerned for Rising State Pension Obligations
State Budget Deficits Increasing, Billions Withdrawn from Big Banks, and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - Jan 26, 2013
Obama, NY Enact Gun Reforms, Comptroller Launches Website
State Budget Trouble Could Translate to Towns and Drive Up Property Taxes
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Org - Jan 16, 2013
State Aid to CT Municipalities from 2005 to 2012
How Much Did Your Town Receive
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 14, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Averted For Now
Congress Must Deal with Debt Ceiling by Feb 28 2013
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 1, 2013
FISCAL CLIFF
WILL THERE BE A DEAL OR NO DEAL
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 31, 2012
Why Connecticuts Deficit Keeps Reappearing
Misguided fiscal policies coming out of Hartford. Article by Ben Zimmer of the Connecticut Policy Institute
As article appeared in - Journal Inquirer of Manchester - December 12, 2012
State Cannot Pay Its Bills, Governor Authorizes Over 500 Million Dlrs Credit
Federation Asks - Is State At Risk of Another Downgrade
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 5, 2012
Billion Dollar State Budget Deficits and High Debt, while
Some State Salaries and Benefits Exceed 300,000 Dlrs and Pensions Exceed 250,000 Dlrs
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 4, 2012
State Budget Deficit at 365 Million Dollars This Year
And Worse Next Year at over 1 Billion Dollars as Income Gap Widens
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 17, 2012
Malloy budget chief confirms $365 million state deficit
And we Have Not Yet Begun to Pay the 9 Percent Wage Increase over three years for State Employees under a No Layoff Clause
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 15, 2012
Who is Vote Yes for Clean Water Project
Updates on Sandy and Impact on Election, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 4, 2012
Is Property Tax Hike on the Horizon
Malloy Cannot Commit to Promises of Town Aid in Next Budget and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 26, 2012
Too Cozy a Relationship Between the Governor, the State Legislature and the State Employee Unions
Healthbridge Sues alleging…..a corporate campaign, endorsed and effectuated by Defendants and facilitated by the politicians they support, that is in its essence a shakedown by a lawless enterprise
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 2012
TAXPAYERS PAID OVER 5.7 BILLION DLRS FOR STATE OF CONNECTICUT HEALTHCARE COSTS IN 2012
Ed Chief Pays Wage Increases over 40,000 Dlrs, Journal Inquirer Reports Fiscal Cliff Looms Large, and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 10, 2012
Jobless Rate Falls Below 8 Percent, Merrill Self Promotion Billboard
Chicago Teachers Approve Contract, Dysfunctional Public Pension Plans, Another Land Grab, and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 8, 2012
Municipal Lobbying Group Addresses Escalating Property Taxes
Federation Offers Suggestions on How Town Leaders Can Work to Reduce Property Taxes and More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayers - Sept 25, 2012
UConn Reports Connecticut economy may face new challenges
Mayor Emanuel is fighting just battle for future of Chicago schools by Juan Williams and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 18, 2012
Wisconsin state judge strikes down collective bargaining law
Chicago Teacher deal could lead to property tax hikes, school closings, layoffs, CT Ethics Agency Destroys Public Records
Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 15, 2012
Compare the Mill Rate in Your Town With Other Towns
Sale Of Hartford Property For Delinquent Real Estate Taxes Wets Appetite For Rest Of Story By Forbes
Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 11, 2012
MDC Approves 800 million dlr bond referendum for Nov
State Official Paid Huge Sum Not to Work, Check Your Towns CMT Scores, and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 10, 2012
Are You a Proud CT Property Owner Keeping Your Property In Pristine Condition
You could find your property defined under State Law as Deteriorated, Deteriorating, Substandard or Detrimental to the safety, health, welfare or general economic well being of the community.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 3 2012
Ct Economy Weaker than Experts Believed and Much More News
New Hampshire News Blasts Malloy for giving Millions to Worlds Biggest Hedge Fund which paid its Founder 3.9 Billion Last Year.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - Sept 2, 2012
The Mind Of Mitt,Donovan to end campaign,IEA may release oil reserves
Americas middle class smaller poorer and less optimistic,Stockton Bankruptcy Can Break Retiree Health Guarantees
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 27, 2012
Congressional Budget Office Deficit at 975 Billion Dollars To top 1 trillion dollar mark 2012
Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers,Malloy gets implied OK to pursue restrictions on health benefits for poor
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Org - Aug 13, 2012
State Loses Lawsuit Cld Cost Millions, Delinquent Taxpayers, Study on Local State Business Taxes
Wall St Hot Investment Your House, School Test Scores, FCTO Board Member Armand Fusco Recognized by EAG, 6 Bil Dlrs Wasted Iraq War, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - July 24, 2012
Report Notes that Conn is the worst of all 50 states in its unfunded burden per taxpayer
Concern for crime being committed by those released early, Obama Tosses US Economic Recovery Under the Bus alleges Liz Peek, Dems and Reps Tell Romney to Release Tax Returns, and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 19, 2012
Shady Overdraft Fees Could Cost Banks Over One Billion Dlrs
United Technologies is on the Move to North Carolina, Check Out State Employee Pensions and More, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - July 10, 2012
State Ends Year In The Red, Connecticut is a pension basket case
Donovan Report Released, Campaign Finance, Off shore accounts, States to Decide Fate of Uninsured, and More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 5, 2012
HEALTH LAW STANDS, Romney Says He Will Repeal Obamacare if Elected
Judge refuses to block Florida voter purge, Stockton Bankruptcy Hard Hit for City Retirees, CT pensions worth about 50 cents for each One Dollar in pay, and More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 28, 2012
Stockton, Calif to file for bankruptcy, will be largest US city to fail
Will CT Towns Be Next, Check out the State of our State, New State Quasi Public Agency called Capital Region Development Authority has power to Demolish and Redevelop, and Much More News
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Organizations - June 26, 2012
BREAKING NEWS State Legislature Establishes New Quasi Public Agency
Impacts Hartford, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Newington, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor Also Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - June 21, 2012
CT Third Among All States with Largest Pension Gap
Many Scandals Involving Rowland, Donovan, the Secret Service and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 19, 2012
FOOD STAMP PROGRAM Many State Employees To Get Jobs Back As No Fraud Found
Firefighter took four months of sick time to attend nursing school in Puerto Rico gets only one month suspension and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 14, 2012
Who Else is Giving to Donovans Campaign
READ FBI Affidavit CHECK out Companies who received tax dollars but did not create jobs AND MORE
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 10, 2012
Donovan Has Questions To Answer
Dan debuts on CTTalking.com LIVE. TOP TOWNS IN CT and More News
Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 8, 2012
Cash flow report sparks fears state may need to borrow to pay bills on time
A WIN for Walker A Loss for Unions VIEW Braddock Complaint by Feds and Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayers - June 6, 2012
House Speaker Donovan Breaks his Silence
Read FBI Warrant in Donovan Corruption Case and Fed Investigation Included Straw Donations to Republican PACs and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 4, 2012
Will Your Town Follow East Hartford Lead
And Designate Your Town as Deteriorated Deteriorating Substandard or Detrimental to the safety health welfare or general economic well being of the community - And It Is Legal
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2012
45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor
This article was provided to us by several of our readers. Let us hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with the writer.
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayers - May 2012
Federal Workers Pay and Bonuses Disclosed
Also check out State Employee Salaries Benefits and Pensions - East Hartford added these costs to their website - Consider asking your town to do the same
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - May 2012
CCM Reports on Mandates - Rowland Collects Pension - Pays 29 Dlr for Health - Taxpayers Pay 1900
2012 Major Acts Passed by State Leg - Boehner Vows Showdown Over Taxes Debt and Much More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - May 19 2012
What Did JPMorgan Execs Know and When Did They Know It
Prison capital of World NU Regulations Cld Increase Costs and Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Org - May 2012
The State is Broke Governor Malloy will borrow Money to Pay the Bills
While State Police Administrators Receive a 56 Percent Wage Increase
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - May 1, 2012
State Budget Trouble. Social Security Heading to Insolvency.
License Plate Scanners and Privacy Concerns and Much More News
Various News - Sources - April 24, 2012
Cell Phone Towers Proposed for Connecticut State Parks and Forests
Cell Phone Tower Proposed for East Hartford Gorman Park
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - April 15, 2012
State Ends Death Penalty, Top Secret America
Dan Lavallo is Back, Scott Walker Collective Bargaining Reforms Working,Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - April 12, 2012
IRS Policies Help Fuel Tax Fraud Costing 6 Billion Dlrs
Florida State workers face random drug tests and much more news
Various News - Sources - March 2012
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo Predicts a 120 Million Dollar Defict at Year End
Despite the Largest Tax Increase in History
Christine Stuart - CTNewsJunkie - April 2, 2012
School Pushouts
A Plague of Hopelessness Perpetrated by Zombie Schools
Dr Armand Fusco - Educator and Author - March 2012
Help Reduce the Connecticut Gas Tax
Sign the Petition and pass it on to your friends
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - March 2012
Broken Promises: Pensions All Over America Are Being Savagely Cut Or Are Vanishing Completely
The latest estimate of the total amount of unfunded pension and healthcare obligations for state and local governments across the US is 4.4 trillion dollars.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2012
Let the Sunshine In
A Request for Transparency in Public Sector Union Contract Negotiations
Flo Stahl, President - Avon Taxpayers Association - March 2012
Irene fraud costs 42 state employees their jobs Jobs gap will not close till 2020
Gov Malloy faces two lawsuits Are Gov Employees the True 1 percent and Much More
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - March 2012
Disciplined Doctors Still Get Drug Company Cash by Hartford Courant
State Gov considering offering a Retirement Plan for Private Citizens and Much More News
Various - News sources - March 2012
The Voicemail That Led To A High Ranking Official Resigning
Feds Subpoena Anti Poverty Agency Records - Introducing Breakdown Americans on the Edge and Much More News
Various News - Sources - March 2012
TicketNetwork CEO Arrested, Malloy stirs up feds with immigration policy
Malloy plan to shield judges salaries from political debates, Super PAC Leaders Profit from Lack of Oversight and Much More News
Various News - Sources - Feb 29, 2012
CT Tea Party Rally Feb 27 and Live Chat as NY Posts Teacher Ratings on Line
Yankee Hosts Heritage President, CtMirror Holds Education Forum, Iowa Could Take Over School Costs and More
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 26, 2012
STOCKTON California City Would Be Largest in American History to Declare Bankruptcy
Corporate Pension Plans Want Relief from Congress. Muni Bond Holders Seek Gov Transparency on Pension Debt. Bankruptcy The Road Ahead and Much More News
Various News - Sources - Feb 2012
State Budget Full Of Holes, Public Sector Unions Losing
Obama budget repeals billions in oil and gas tax breaks,Teacher Tenure No Longer Taboo, and Much More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Feb, 2012
Obama proposed budget a mixed bag for Connecticut
Malloy projected surpluses look like fiscal sleights of hand
Various News - Publications - Feb 15, 2012
Join the Federation on Feb 18 at the Wethersfield Library
Property Taxes are Climbing due to State Legislation. Our State is in Fiscal Decline. Discuss what we can do about it.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 30, 2012
East Haven Police Chief Resigns. Commissioners Want Him Fired.
The US Defense Depart cannot account for about 2 Billion Dlrs. Congress exempt from some laws. State Bond Commission Approved 91 Million Dlrs for Jackson Labs. Much More News
Various News - Sources - Jan 30, 2012
Wall Street credit agency downgrades Connecticut bond rating
Congress Six Figure Benefits Add to 674 Billion Dollar US Pension GAP - PAC Track and Much More News
Various News - Publications - Jan 2012
Hold State Legislators Accountable for Property Tax Increases
30 Thousand State Workers and Retirees Sue for 93 Million Dlrs In Compensation, Report lists CT Among 10 States Cannot Pay its Bils, CT Tops Worst State to Retire, Check out State Salaries and Pensions
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 16, 2012
Gov Pushes Sunday Liquor Sales - FBI Probes Developer
Regulators face pressure on implementing Volcker Rule, Gap Is Americas No 1 Source of Conflict and More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 15, 2012
30 Top U.S. Companies Spent More on Lobbying than Taxes - Check Out Top Delinquent Taxpayers in CT
Montana Supreme Court Defies Citizens United Decision, Four In CT Congressional Delegation Are Millionaires and Much More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 2012
States that cannot pay their bills, See CT, CT High Debt, CT Used Borrowed Money to Pay Bills
See State Employee Salaries and Pensions, Federalist Society Free Event, Cap Gas Tax, Out of State Workers to Do Busway Project, Much More News
FCTO - Tax Talk - Jan 11, 2012
Lawmaker Wants to Prohibit Early Release of Sex Offenders,State cash flow problem sparks feud
Investigation of possible corruption in New London, Did NJ property tax reform help most taxpayers and More News
Various News - Publications - Jan 10, 2012
Grim figures on high school graduation rates
Food Aid Probe Shows State Power, and Much More News
Various News - Publications - Jan 4, 2012
Public workers perk hits taxpayers in 21 states
Government workers in 21 states are using an obscure perk to retire early or to boost their annual pensions by thousands of dollars, which can cost taxpayers millions more in payments to retirement funds a USA TODAY analysis shows.
USA Today - Thomas Frank - Dec 28, 2011
Check out Salaries and Benefits to State Employees from 250,000 dlrs to over 2 million.
FCTO Updates List of Revenues Received by State, Reid will not reopen negotiations until House passes payroll extension, Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 19, 2011
CT Lost Again on Race to the Top and Much More News
Health Care Law Will Let States Tailor Benefits, US Sues To Recover 446 Million Dollars From Hezbollah Connected Firms
From Various News - Sources - Dec 18, 2011
Is the food aid scandal part of a culture of fraud in state government
Will the budget cap bottle up Malloys fiscal reforms,House considers tougher trading rules for lawmakers,Will Congress Ban Corruption in Its Midst, and Much More News
Various News - Publications - Dec 13, 2011
State pension fund falling far short of ability to pay retirees, Blagojevich Gets 14 Year Sentence i
Fiscal analysts leave large question mark over small CT budget surplus, State Employees Defrauded Federal Food Assistance Program, and Much More News
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 7, 2011
3 Malloy Administration officials leaving by end of year,The Worlds Billionaires
Top earners grow at far faster pace, Utah Sued Over Immigration Law, Jepsen raps bid to expand concealed gun law, and More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 24, 2011
Municipal bankruptcy in Alabama largest in US history and More News
Fears grow over US pension crisis as Rhode Island debts are laid bare, Rhode Island Passes Sweeping Pension Overhaul Bill
Various News Publications - on Bankruptcies and Pensions - Nov 11, 2011
Truth in Accounting Report names Connecticut a Sinkhole state
The report identifies Connecticut - New Jersey - Illinois - Hawaii - Kentucky as top debtors.
Institute for Truth - in Accounting - Nov 2011
US Growing Income Gap, 52 Percent of Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits
The Euro and your 401K, Three key Malloy administration officials announced their departures, and Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 6, 2011
The Troubling Connecticut Power Failure by NYTimes
Restoration Update, CL&P Says 31 Towns Will Not Make Power Restoration Deadline, Call for Special Session on Energy, Emergency Preparedness and Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 6, 2011
CBO Reports Top Wage Earners Income Grew 275 Percent
Also Check Out CEO pay database and a Special Report - Breakaway Wealth
By Peter Whoriskey - Washington Post - Oct 26, 2011
CONNECTICUT - WE WON - WE ARE NUMBER 1
We are the State with the Highest Debt Per Capita at 5,402 Dollars
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - October 26, 2011
Our Troops Are Coming Home, Danger Signs in State Budget
A Challenge to Municipal Leaders in CT for Transparency, Postal Service Must Pay 5.5 Bil in Nov, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - October 22, 2011
Leaders in Government Transparency in Connecticut
The Yankee Institute, Former Farmington State Representative Demetrios S. Giannaros, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, and East Hartford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Zito
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 19, 2011
East Hartford Superintendent of Schools Takes the Lead in Providing Transparency in Education.
The Federation extends our appreciation to Dr. Mark Zito, and the entire East Hartford Board of Education to include Board Chair Mary Alice Dwyer Hughes and Secretary Jeffrey Currey for their leadership in this regard.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - October 18, 2011
The Most and Least Taxing States to Live In. Connecticut is Number 1
Did Your School Succeed or Fail,The 2013 Tax Cliff, Incomes Declined More During Recovery Than In Recession, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 10, 2011
State Employees Reap 250 Million Dollars A Year In Overtime which for the Majority is factored into
Audit Reveals Connecticut DSS gave benefits to dead people, Thousands of nonunion workers to receive longevity bonuses, Federal Retirement Plans Are Now Almost as Costly as Social Security, and Much More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 5, 2011
Senate Reaches Deal to Avert Government Shutdown
Budget leaves Malloy lawmakers little margin to handle crises
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 27, 2011
Obama Sellout to Unions Staggers the Economy
Sept 24, American Warrior Day of Honor project, Lavish Benefits for State Cops, Military Retiree Benefits to Face Cuts and Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 19, 2011
RESOLUTION TO REFORM STATE OF CONNECTICUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAWS
The Federation suggests that concerned taxpayers ask their local elected officials to approve the following Resolution, or a facsimile thereof, which would then be forwarded by them to their State Representatives in Hartford.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - August, 2011
How Much Did Your Member of Congress Receive from Lobbyists,CT tax credit cut
Concession deal lacks emergency safeguards, Can Middle Class be Saved, Ct Attorney General Cans Hundreds Of Public Corruption Probes Kept Open by Blumenthal,and Much More News
Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 13, 2011
News Alerts Regarding Medicare
Some state health care providers leery of new Medicare pay plan
Various News - Publications - Sept 1, 2011
Some US firms paid more to CEOs than taxes
Concession Deal Lets State Employee factor Overtime into Pensions and Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 31, 2011
Wall St Aristocracy Got 1.2 Trillion Dlrs fr Fed, Next Congressional Crisis Fed Gas Tax
Pension Earthquake, PBGC has 23 Billion Dlr Liability, 50 Richest Members of Congress and Much More News
Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer - Organizations - August 24, 2011
Global economic fears send stocks spiraling.
State Unions and Governor due to Announce Vote on Union Concessions Which Many Predict Will Result in an Agreement
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 18, 2011
AMERICAN IDIOTS How Washington is destroying the economy
Our current mess is different from the Lehman related horror because it stems primarily from politics, not economics.
Fortune - Allan Sloan, senior editor at large - August 2011
CT SPENDING ABOVE 2008 LEVELS, INVESTORS LOSE 1 TRILLION DLRS IN ONE DAY
Check High School Ratings, Fannie and Freddie Downgraded, Munis could be next, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - August 2011
REPORT Business Taxes Lowest of Any State
Ct future hinges on U.S. debt bill, Supreme Court ruling threatens public access to town records, Tax Burden Likely To Shift To Homeowners, and More
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 5, 2011
Dr. Armand Fusco to speak at Wethersfield Library on Sept 1 at 6 PM
Dr. Fusco will discuss his latest book, School Pushouts A Plague of Hopelessness Perpetrated by Zombie Schools.
Wethersfield - CT - Paul Copp
The Connecticut Enigma
Chapter 8 of soon to be released book titled School Pushouts A Plague of Hopelessness Perpetrated by Zombie Schools.
Dr. Armand A. Fusco - Former Superintendent of Schools - Aug 2011
Hartfordmag.com Provides Info on High Schools in the region.
Top Five are Avon, Simsbury, Glastonbury, Farmington, Canton. Bottom Five are Weaver, Bulkeley, East Hartford, Hartford Public, New Britain.
Hartfordmag.com - Review Their Excellent Report - August 2011 Issue
State of Connecticut Revenues Received from Towns versus State Disbursements to Towns
The following provides insight into which of the 169 CT Towns are receiving more money from the State than their town generates to the State. Where does your town fall....
Bob Young - The Federation - July 2011
Saturday July 23 Join The Federation. State Employee Unions Have Crippled Our State
Resulting in Thousands of Layoffs. Work to Take the Control of our State from the Unions and Give it to Those Whom We Elect to Office.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - July 16, 2011
States Where People Pay the Most and Least in Taxes
Connecticut Ranks 3rd Highest
24 7 Wall St - Charles B. Stockdale, Michael B. Sauter, Douglas A - 2011
Ten giant US companies avoiding income taxes
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, released a list of ten big profitable U.S. companies paying little or no taxes. Sanders wants to close the loopholes that make this tax avoidance legal.
Lynn Sweet - Chicago Sun Times - 2011
Congratulations to the Yankee Institute. Job well done.
Yankee Institute - Small Office, Big Influence. Labor Leaders, Liberals Warn Against Think Tanks Agenda
Hartford Courant - DANIELA ALTIMARI - July 21, 2011
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED FOR INCREASED STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES JOIN THE
Federation on Saturday July 23 when we will discuss the impact of the State Unions on State and Local Budgets and our Taxes.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - July 11, 2011
Visit State Transparency Website, Malloy Hostage to Unions by Chris Powell,
Questions on State Take Over of Bridgeport Schools, Supreme Ct Sides with Pharma, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - July 5, 2011
Hostage to unions
Malloy proves inept
Chris Powell - Journal Inquirer - July 5, 2011
Former Gov Rowland Wins - Unions Lose, Moodys Lowest Outlook on Ct Bonds
Ct State Semate Passes Collective Bargaining Reforms, Check Out List of State Pensions, NYTimes Deep Fiscal Pain in CT, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - July 2011
Court Rules Campaign Finance Matching Grants are Unconstitutional
Blagojevich Convicted, Local Gov Pension Squeeze, Public Pension Plan Funding Could Mean 30 Years Higher Taxes, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
Federation Asks Gov Malloy and State Legislature to
Empanel a Blue Ribbon Commission on Collective Bargaining with a Focus for Reform.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
State budget plan in jeopardy as labor deal falters
At Risk Municipal Aid and Property Tax Increases,Fired Officer Collecting 73,800 Dlr Pension, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
Malloy Approval Rating Sinks to 38 Percent.
Wisconsin Governor Wins State Supreme Court Case to End Collective Bargaining.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
Wisconsin Anti Union Labor Law to Take Effect, US in Worse Shape Than Greece
Why Future Retirements at Age 80, State Budget Lunacy, State Cannot Verify Labor Savings,More
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
State Budget Lunacy - State Office of Fiscal Analysis cannot verify One Billion Dlrs in Labor Saving
Why the Federation believes High Property Taxes are on the horizon.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2011
Federation Offers Its Position on the State Budget,Police Slam Dancers at Jefferson Memorial
The Federation Calls On State Legislature to Hold A Public Hearing and Vote on Labor Contracts,CT Unions Release Labor Contract Language,Judge Strikes Ban on Corp Donations, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Mayn 29, 2011
Labor deal savings questioned
House finalizes budget despite budget office inability to back up numbers of Gov Malloy
Journal Inquirer - Ed Jacovino - June 7, 2011
Malloy Strikes Deal-Locks State into 4 Yr No Layoff Clause with Unions with wage increases.
Without guaranteed revenues, Could taxpayers pay the price, Union Negotiators Earn as Much as Malloy, Much More News
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - May 2011
2011 State Pensions Include 266,295 Dlrs,
FCTO Responds to Largest Tax Increase Approved and Large Pensions
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - May 2011
No Shared Sacrifice From Unions
In the face of record deficit ... the governor increased state spending, levied a record tax increase and enhanced and extended benefits for 50,000 state employees
John McKinney - State Senate minority leader - May, 2011
State Budget
Taxpayers - 1.5 Billion Dollars in New Taxes Unions - 9 percent Wage Increase, 4 Year Job Guarantee
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - May 2011
PUBLIC PENSION WOES and THE IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS WHO FINANCE THEM
As unemployment surges in the private sector, the majority of public sector workers are locked into lucrative wage and pension contracts financed by taxpayers in their towns, state and at the federal levels of government.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - May 27, 2011
Today, the Federation asked Gov Malloy to...
Give State Unions 48 Hrs to Finalize Concessions or Work to End Collective Bargaining
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - April 28, 2011
State Republican Budget No Tax Increase Budget Tough Medicine
S&P 5 Trillion Dollar bank doomsday tab, US Companies Hiring Abroad, Stats on Doctors, Hospitals, etc., More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - April 2011
State Pensions Reach 263,000 Dlrs, See List
Cos with Untaxed Foreign Income, State Pay 103,239, Overtime 231,190, TOTAL PAY 334,429 DLRS, Much More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - April 2011
Tea Party Rally Apr 15, CRCOG Transportation Plan Apr 25
Supreme Ct OKs Tax Breaks for Religious Schools, State and Fed Budget News, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - April 2011
The Demise of Collective Bargaining is An Opportunity for State and Municipal Economic Reform.
The alternative is bankruptcy and ironically union contracts could be annulled.
Susan Kniep - The Federation of CT Taxpayer Organizations - March 2011
UCONN Pays Top Police 246,961 and 193,616 Dlrs
Lawmaker Wants Disclosure of millions of dollars worth state tax credits,More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - March, 2011
Connecticut Public Sector Workers Second Highest Paid in the Nation
Malloy seeks authority to make emergency cuts to local aid, Q Poll Public Employees Should Pay More For Benefits,More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2011
FCTO Breakfast Meeting March 19 Joe Markley, Guest Speaker
News on Labor Unions, Attend State Labor Hearing on March 10, Kansas Seeks to Outsource Gov Jobs, and More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2011
Malloy legislative appointees get big pension boost
Also, Malloy administration officials say they will readdress town funding
The Federation of Ct - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 2011
JOIN THE FEDERATION ON SAT, MARCH 19
TAX INCREASES,JUST SAY NO. Look at State Expenditures, Union Members Owed Millions, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 2011
Federation Feb 5 Meet Will Be Rescheduled Due to Weather
Wall St looks at state ailing pension fund, Investors pulled 13.36 billion dlrs from muni bond funds, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 2011
Vallejo Bankruptcy Plan Offers Unsecured Creditors 5 to 20 Percent
JPMorgan CEO Forecasts More Municipal Bankruptcies. Bernanke Will Not Rescue Cities. More News.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 2011
Jan 22 Public is Invited to Meet with the Federation
We will be discussing the taxpayers role in the upcoming debate on the State Budget
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 2011
THE CRISIS FACING STATES POSSIBLE MUNICIPAL STATE BOND DEFAULTS, EXCESSIVE DEBT, AND MORE
Alabama Ends Perks for Unions, Feds lent 3.3tillion to multinationals, billionaires and foreign banks
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 2010
CONNECTICUT DEBT - 72 BILLION DOLLARS
Could Washington Bail Out the States
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 2010
Employee Wage Info, Fed workers rage over President wage freeze
America Bails Out A Thankless World, For Tottering States, Bankruptcy Could Be The Answer, The War on Secrecy, Much More
Federation of CT Taxpayer - Organizations - Dec, 2010
More Fed workers pay tops 150,000, Anthem Rate Hike Public Hearing Nov 17, Rell releases Budget Nov
CT Taxpayers Paid 5 Billion for State Healthcare, Who Gets Gov Funded Health
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 2010
US intelligence bill tops 80 billion dlrs, Teaching jobs lost despite federal cash infusion,
Economic growth weak in third quarter, BP knew of faulty cement before blowout, and More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 29, 2010
IS CONNECTICUT GOING BROKE.....
U.S. Cities Expect Finances to Worsen as Property Taxes Slide and Much More Taxpayer Related News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org. - Oct 2010
Connecticut Property Owners Pay Second Highest Property Taxes In Nation
Plus Much More Taxpayer Related News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayers - Sept 2010
This is an Election Year
So Why is no one Talking about our Debt in CT of 61 Billion Dollars or State Pensions over 150,000 Dollars
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - August 24, 2010
Connecticut Employees Spent the Last 260 Days Working for the Government
We worked longer than any employee in the country.
Americans for Tax Reform - Staff - Aug 2010
Small Investors Flee Stock Market,State of CT borrowed from capital program to keep budget afloat
48 of 50 states lost jobs since stimulus, Jobless claims rise to highest level in 9 months, California close to issuing IOUs again,and More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 22, 2010
Could 62 Million Homes Be Foreclosure-Proof
Leery of Washington Alaska Feasts on Its Dollars, Oil Plume Is Not Breaking Down Fast, How broken is Washington and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 20, 2010
The End of American Optimism,
Forget a Double Dip We are Still in One Long Big Dipper, The stimulus substituted for thinking, and More News
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 19, 2010
Deficit in July Totals 165.04 Billion Dollars
Culture of Corruption Intensifies, 10 Reasons to Oppose Speaker Pelosi Stimulus Bailout for Union Bosses, Did the Stimulus Help and More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 18, 2010
There is always room for pork even in a state budget crisis
White House Under Fire for Unspent Infrastructure Cash,What is The Real Rate of Unemployment and Much More News
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 17, 2010
Money is God by Keith Burris of the Journal Inquirer
Are the Bush Tax Cuts Paid for, Grim Voter Mood Turns Grimmer, and Much More News
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 16, 2010
Blumenthal Finds Improper Use Of Bysiewicz Office Database
Freddie Mac reports loss and seeks another 1.8 billion in taxpayer bailout and Much More News
Federation of CT Taxpayer - Organizations - Aug 10, 2010
The Spill, The Scandal and the President
A Look at Where Taxpayer Dollars Are Going
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 9, 2010
Pricey Projects - A Look at Where Taxpayer Dollars are Going
The Spill, The Scandal and the President and Much More
CT Taxpayer Organizations - August 9, 2010 - The Federation of
You are Invited to the July 27 U. S. Senate Debate on the Trinity College Campus
Come and meet the candidates and hear what they have to say on the issues.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July, 2010
TOP SECRET AMERICA, A hidden world growing beyond control
Government for Sale, How Lobbyists Shaped Financial Reform Bill, List of Local Pork Projects, Much More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 20, 2010
Unfunded Pension Liabilities
Should Lawmakers Worry
Christine Stuart - CT News Junkie - June 2010
State Checkbook to Go on Line
Email to receive State Pensions, Blumenthal Lead Drops to 20, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2010
Connecticut wage gap - A special report on state worker earnings.
While CT population has been stagnant for past four decades, cost of state government has nearly quadrupled.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - May 2010
ARIZONA LEGISLATURE ADOPTS SWEEPING EDUCATION REFORMS
A Great Resource to Track Congress, BP Top Kill Failed, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2010
Next Bailout 165 billion dollars for pensions
Article on The Unbelievably Rampant Corruption On Wall Street
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - May 24, 2010
Forcing audit of Federal Reserve?
Lost in the Senate fight over financial derivatives is a less publicized ruckus...
Journal Inquirer - Don Michak - April 27, 2010
Dr. Armand Fusco has Been Working to Improve the Accountability and Efficiency of School Boards.
Taxpayers and Government Officials Working Together Can Be Successful for the Benefit of Our Children.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - April 2010
Are Teachers Unions To Blame for Failing Schools
An Interesting Debate to Watch
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Org - March 2010
State Employee Unions Should Not Expect More From Taxpayers
State Collects 33 Million Dollars in Dues for State Unions, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2010
FCTO Provides State Revenues by Fund, Tax Type and Account
Rhode Island - Central Falls to fire every high school teacher, More
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Mar 2010
US Public Pensions Face 2 Trillion Dollar Deficit
Coming Fiscal Disaster State Budgets
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Mar 2010
States Face 2.73 Trillion Dollar Bill for Retiree Benefits
Rell Reels in Bonding, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 2010
Review Teacher and Administrator Pensions
Many exceed 100,000 dollars.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Feb 2010
CT State Employee Pensions as High as 259,800 Dollars.
State Taxpayers Pay 1.26 Billion Dollars Annually.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Jan 2010
STATE SHOULD NOT RAISE TAXES OR INCUR MORE DEBT
STATE SHOULD CUT TAXES AND REFORM BINDING ARBITRATION
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 2009
Pension Tension on the Rise
Municipalities Face Challenges, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 4, 2009
Plundering California, Public-sector unions have brought the state to its knees
Connecticut may face 3.4 billion 2012 deficit - Geithner, Corruption, and the Fed, more...
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 24, 2009
On Sept 26 Candidates for U. S. Senate to Speak at FCTO Forum
Federal Deficit Reaches 1.38 Trillion Dollars, Bailout Tracker, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 2009
Towns, Cities Confront Stagnant Grand Lists
Van Jones Resigns, NY Teachers Paid to do Nothing, and Much More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 7, 2009
Governor Rell - Budget Will Become Law Without Her Signature
The coming debt debacle - Top economist says President Obama must slash spending now
The Federation of - CT - Sept 3, 2009
Tax Talk - Senate Approves Budget With Pork,
Mayor Perez faces criminal charges, Meltdown 101, More
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Sept 1, 2009
CT Campaign Finance Law Unconstitutional,CTDebt $18 Bil
Fed Ten Year Deficit Raised to $9 trillion, Hartford-New Haven facing next Real Estate Bust, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - August, 2009
CONNECTICUT STATE TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING OVER $5 BILLION FOR HEALTHCARE IN 2009.
Connecticut State Insurance Department will rule on Anthem Rate Increase Request of 22 to 30 Percent.
Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 2009
Rell, lawmakers face deadline that carries $1 billion penalty
Projected deficit nearing $9 Billion, 6944 Business Closings, Personal Bankruptcies Up 28 Percent, More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 26, 2009
Is Governor Rell the only one in State Government who gets it.
As Governor Rell proposes no Tax Increase, few teachers agree to give backs plus many more interesting issues.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 2009
The Federation of CT Taxpayer Organizations introduces you to its Officers and Board Members.
Connecticut taxpayers are burdened with paying the second highest property taxes in the nation. The Federation works to reduce the tax burden on taxpayers while promoting honesty and efficiency in government.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - 2009
STATE DEMS PASS BUDGET WITH 2.5 BILLION DOLLAR TAX INCREASE
William A. DiBella has yet to pay 791,500 Dollars in fines imposed by a federal judge 15 months ago.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June, 2009
STATES AND TOWNS IN CRISIS - BAILOUT OR BANKRUPTCY.
How long can California and Connecticut taxpayers continue to support public employee pensions exceeding 200,000 dollars.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2009
Trumbull Citizens Review and Advisory Committee Special Recognition of Participants and Facilitator
As property taxes continue to escalate, taxpayers are looking to their public officials to provide greater accountability and transparency. Taxpayers are also becoming involved in the process through Citizens Review and Advisory Committees.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - June 2009
Connecticut Revenue Collections have Fallen 1.2 billion dollars.
State Unions are paying over $100,000 to promote tax increases.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - June 2009
From The Tax Foundation - CT Taxpayers Pay High Taxes
Urge Congress To Pass The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 and More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - May 2009
BINDING ARBITRATION LAWS COULD BANKRUPT CONNECTICUT
Comments by FCTO President at May 11 Press Conference in Hartford - State Legislature Should Support Binding Arbitration Reforms by Gov Rell
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 12, 2009
Put the Connecticut Checkbook Register On Line
Taxpayers throughout the country want Transparency. Connecticut should join other states and put our checkbook registry on line.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - May 2009
Could a No Layoff Clause for State Employee Unions Force the State into Bankruptcy?
In the private sector, taxpayers are losing their jobs as some in the public sector receive no layoff guarantees.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2009
One Million Attend Tea Parties in 50 States
FCTO President Speaks at Hartford Tea Party - JAIL NO BAIL, FCTO Board Members Work to Reduce Taxes, More
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - April, 2009
Tax Foundation Reports on High Taxes in Connecticut
FCTO Board Member wins State Case, The Economy and More
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - May, 2009
SEE YOU AT THE TEA PARTY ON APRIL 15
Gov Rell says tax hikes by General Assembly Dem majority would cost the state 2,700 jobs annually for the next decade.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - April, 2009
Legislature and AG Blumenthal issued subpoenas to AIG employees
AIG Employees Will Return About $50 Million of Bonuses
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2009
Economy rescue - Adding up the dollars
The government is engaged in an unprecedented and expensive effort to rescue the economy. Learn here all the elements of the bailouts.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2008
JOIN THE TEA PARTY ON APRIL 15 AT THE CAPITOL FROM NOON TO 2 PM
House Passes Bill Taxing Wall Street Bonuses
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - March, 2009
Washington Prepares for Big Bank Failure
Unemployment at 8.1 Percent While State Legislature Gives 86 Million Taxpayer Dollars to State Employee Union.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - March, 2009
The Economy Continues to Decline
The effects of the economy on Connecticut, the country, and the world
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Feb, 2009
CONGRATULATIONS TO GOVERNOR RELL ON HER RECENTLY RELEASED BUDGET.
Governor Rell has done what most of us are doing with our own budgets - downsizing.
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - Feb, 2009
Unions vs taxpayers-WHO WILL WIN...
If the public sector unions do not cooperate, let the unemployed, private sector apply for their jobs.
Op Ed Waterbury Republican - Susan Kniep - Feb, 2009
The Federation Supports the No Tax Increase Budget Presented by Governor Rell
We encourage the State Legislature to immediately implement the reforms as proposed to Binding Arbitration Laws.
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Organizations - Feb, 2009
MEET THE OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF CONNECTICUT TAXPAYER ORGANIZATIONS
FCTO serves its members through research and advocacy on significant tax and spending issues on the local, state, and national levels.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - 2009
Americans are losing their jobs, homes and savings
It is Time to Revolutionize the Educational System in CT, To Cap Local Property Taxes, and Reform State Binding Arbitration Laws
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - 2009
WHILE ECONOMY TANKS ....
TAXPAYERS TO PAY MORE FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNION WAGES
Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Org. - 2009
Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility
CONGRATULATIONS to the Finance Boards of Trumbull and Westport which just joined the Consortium
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - 2009
ACTION ALERT
Contact your State Representatives and Tell Them No Wage Increases and to Reject Union Contract Award
Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - 2009
State Bond Commission Will Vote on Millions More in Debt
Nobel winner- U.S. auto industry will likely disappear
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Dec 2008
State of Connecticut Facing Huge Deficits
The Anatomy of a Meltdown. Ben Bernanke and the financial crisis by the New Yorker.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Dec, 2008
Welcome to Tax Talk 124 - PROPERTY TAXES TOO HIGH?
Then Please VOTE YES For A Constitutional Convention. When the question passes, FCTO will work for Statewide IandR which will give us the tools to pursue Property Tax Reform.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 2008
POLL RESULTS ARE IN. HARTFORD COURANT ANNOUNCES THAT VOTERS WANT A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.
Poll Shows that Voter Alienation Fuels Backing For Constitutional Convention.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 2008
VOTERS UNITE. VOTE YES ON NOV 4, 2008.
For a Constitutional Convention
The Federation of - CT Taxpayer Organizations - 2008
A PROPOSAL TO GOVERNOR RELL
The Federation Offers a Proposal to Address the Economic Crisis which has beset our nation. We will provide the Response from the Governor when received.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Sept 16, 2008
Tax Talk 122 - Recognition of Mayor Wright and More
He is working for budget referendums if tax exceeds 3 percent. Also, CT Faces School Tax Revolt by Lew Andrews, State Employee Contracts on Web, and More.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - August 31, 2008
VOTERS UNITE. VOTE YES ON NOV 4, 2008.
VOTE FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.
The Federation of - Ct Taxpayer Organizations - 2008
Tax Talk 121-Local, State and National Issues
When will Public Labor Costs Exceed Taxpayers’ Ability to Pay by Lew Andrews, and More
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Aug 2008
WELCOMING ARMAND FUSCO
To The Board of Directors of the Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations, Inc.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organzations - August, 2008
ACTION ALERT!
Join with FCTO to stop the abuse of our tax dollars being channeled to slush funds for some State Officials.
The Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - August, 2008
CONNECTICUT LIBERTY FORUM
Hosted by The National Home Education Legal Defense on Sept 27 and 28, 2008
National Home - Education Legal Defense - 2008
The many emails FCTO receives reflects the fear of local taxpayers for national issues.
For this reason, we will continue to offer coverage on these important issues. Please continue to send us information as you become aware of it to include news which is generated off the main stream, to include news through citizen journalism.
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - July 2008
Tax Talk 119 - Twenty-Nine States Faced total Budget Shortfall of at least $48 Billion in 2009
Lieberman standing strong on school choice of FCTO
Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - July, 2008
Tax Talk 118 - Connecticut State Debt is 49 Billion Dollars
Congress passes new Iraq war funds of 161.8 billion dollars
Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - June 2008
Tax Talk 117 -Taxpayers are defeating budgets
One third of 18 billion dollar state budget to be spent on state workers and retirees
Federation of - Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations - June 2008
Presentation By Susan Kniep On Statewide Referendum this November
Question on the Ballot will read SHALL THERE BE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO AMEND OR REVISE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2008
Tax Talk 116
Check to see who is donating to the Presidential Candidates and much more
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2008
Understanding Connecticut Constitutional Conventions
State of Connecticut Legislative Research Report
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2008
YOU ARE INVITED TO A JUNE 3 DEBATE AND LUNCH AT THE CAPITOL
Sponsored by the Federalist Society on Initiative and Referendum
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2008
WANT TO CAP THE TAX
CONSIDER A BUMPER STICKER
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 2008
State Legislature Wants to Bus Hartford Students to Suburbs
Cost to taxpayers 600 million dollars or more
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2008
Tax Talk 115
Tax Foundation Reports Connecticut Property Owners Pay the Highest Taxes
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2008
TAXPAYERS JUST INCURRED A 600 MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG TO INCLUDE BUSING STUDENTS OUT OF HARTFORD
Hartford students and their parents are entitled to a first class education in their own communities.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2008
ATTEND TAX DAY AT THE CAPITOL ON APRIL 1, 2008.
The Public and Press are Invited to Attend the Forum Regarding Taxation in Connecticut. The Agenda and Participants are attached.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March, 2008
THE COST OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN CONNECTICUT IS BANKRUPTING CONNECTICUT TAXPAYERS.
ARMAND FUSCO IS ATTEMPTING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSPITE OF SOME PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO ARE TRYING TO STOP HIM.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 2008
Tax Talk 114 - Gov Rell Wants Property Tax Cap
Also, Will Towns Grab The Federal Stimulus Dollars Through Property Tax Increases and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Feb 2008
Tax Talk 113 - Town Profiles Released
Connecticut Property Taxes in State of Crisis - Governor Rell Promotes Property Tax Cap
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2008
Tax Talk 112 - FCTO Calls for Audit of State Slush Funds
2008 - The Year to Vote on a State Constitutional Convention, GASB 43 and 45 – A Financial Tsunami for Ct Taxpayers, and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Jan 2008
The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations Introduces its Officers and Board of Director
FCTO’s goal is to promote fiscal austerity in all levels of government thereby constraining the tax burden on local and state taxpayers.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Tax Talk 111
Appreciation to State Rep ONeill for his Excellent Presentation at FCTO Forum and More.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Nov 2007
Welcome to Tax Talk 110
FCTO is Recognized by Sam Adams Alliance of Chicago and More
Sue Kniep - FCTO - 2007
INVITE TO THE NOV 10 FORUM ON PROPERTY TAX REFORM & RELIEF
Guest Speakers include State Rep Arthur ONeill who Introduced Property Tax Cap Legislation
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Congratulations to Governor Jodi Rell Who Vetoed the Latest Bonding Package.
Connecticut has the third highest bonded debt, per capita, of all states and owes 14.5 billion dollars from past borrowing.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Eminent Domain - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Connecticut establishes the Goodwill Committee to address Eminent Domain. Read what other states are doing.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Taxpayers Deserve A Closer Look At Teacher Contracts
Congratulations to FCTO Board Member Flo Stahl on her excellent editorial which appeared in the Hartford Courant.
Sue Kniep - FCTO - Aug 2007
Tax Talk 107 Updates Illegal Immigration and Recognition of FCTO Board Member Len Chaponis
A federal judge has struck down the Illegal Immigration Relief Act ruling Hazleton crackdown on landlords and employers doing business with illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Aug 2007
In recognition of Florence Stahl who is President of the Avon Taxpayers Association
Also Happy Birthday America and Links to Government Resources and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July 2007
Tax Talk 105 - Rell Vetoes In State Tuition for Immigrants
The Public Trough Is Bigger Than Ever By John Stossel and Much More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2007
Union Contracts Account for Eighty Percent of Local Budget Costs
FCTO is working to End the Secrecy of Union Contract Negotiations, Financial Accountability, and Public Discussion
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2007
Welcome to Tax Talk 104 - State Mandate Bill Defeated - CT Receives an F for Eminent Domain Failures
Congratulations to Mike Guarco and the Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility and all Taxpayers who helped to defeat Bill 6956!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June, 2007
Tax Talk 103 - FCTO Highlighted in Danbury News Article
Also, Veto Legislation Giving Illegals Tuition Breaks, Many speak out against Recent Eminent Domain Leg
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2007
Tax Talk 102 - CT Leg Passes Eminent Domain Bill
Illegals Cost US 10 Billion Dollars a Year, Rell Vetoes Dem Tax Plan, and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2007
Work to Defeat this Costly State Mandate
CCM notes that residential and business property taxpayers will be forced to pay for increased claims for a select group of people indefinitely!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2007
EMINENT DOMAIN - WHILE OTHER STATE LEGISLATURES ACT, THE CONNECTICUT LEGISLATURE REMAINS DORMANT
Tom Condon, Hartford Courant Columnist and brother of New London Development Corp. Attorney, criticizes property rights movement.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2007
William DiBella Guilty - Click to Read Articles and Editorials
On May 23 at 5 PM at the MDC Office Building on Main St in Hartford an attempt will be made to Remove William DiBella from the MDC Commission.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May, 2007
Lets Talk Taxes
May 20 Tax Freedom Day in Connecticut, Governor Rell Announces – NO NEW TAXES, Opportunity to Cast Your Vote to Lower the Gas Tax and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2007
STOP HOUSE BILL 6956
This bill will cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2007
Governor Rell Announces Surplus Up $92 Million
Governor Rell to Mayors - Democrats Budget Proposal Has Dire Consequences for Municipalities
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2007
ON MARCH 29 GOV RELL PROPOSED PROPOSITION 3
FCTO PROPOSES TO BRING UNION CONTRACTS OUT FROM BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS OF SECRECY
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2007
April 18 Susan Kniep speaks before Berlin Taxpayers Group,Gov Rell Blasts Dems for Excessive Bonding
West Hartford Taxpayers Association Address Budget Increases and Announce April 23 Meet, Town Reval Dates, Town Grand Lists and Mill Rates,Illegal Immigration
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2007
Thursday, April 19, Attend the Federalist Society Forum
Presentation by Clint Bolick the President and General Counsel of the Alliance for School Choice and Cofounder and former Litigation Director of the Institute for Justice.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April , 2007
Tax Day was a Great Success
FCTO Announced its Campaign to provide greater transparency of union contracts at the local level.
Judy Aron - FCTO Public Relations - March 24, 2007
EAST HARTFORD PETITION DRIVE FOR BUDGET REFERNDUM
Some homeowners will see their property taxes increase from 25% to 80%
Susan Kniep - East Hartford Taxpayers Association - March 2007
Tax Talk 98 - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
TAX DAY AT THE CAPITOL MARCH 22, 2007 AT 10:30 AM
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Tax Talk 97 on HPV Vaccine, Property Tax Reform, Binding Arbitration
Border Patrol Agents Imprisoned, Ethnic Cleansing of Danbury, Judicial Accountability
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Feb 2007
Welcome to Tax Talk 96
Follow what Legislature is Voting On, Concerns for HPV Vaccine,Support Changes to Prevailing Wage Laws
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Feb 2006
Welcome to Tax Talk 95
Legislative Calendar and Agendas,Institute for Justice succeeds in Ohio,the Castle Coalition, Thank you FCTO, Mike Guarco on Unfunded Mandates, and More
Sue Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Public debt, mandates handicap state
Editorial by Susan Kniep, President of FCTO appeared in Jan 21, 2007 edition of Waterbury Republican
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
CONNECTICUT PROPERTY OWNERS!PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!
Dems Put Eminent Domain Reform On Back Burner.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
TABOR Establishes Rights for Connecticut Taxpayers
The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations, Inc. released a proposed Taxpayers Bill of Rights for Connecticut.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 3, 2006
CORRUPTION AND OTHER MISSTEPS IN CONNECTICUT
The Federal Government is Doing What our own Legislators Have Failed to Do.
S. Kniep - FCTO - 2007
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Check Out these Websites Re Campaign Finance
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Tax Talk 94 Issues Include Immigration, Legislative Session,and Taxes
U.S. Mexico Pact Revealed Billions to Non-citizens
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
Read editorial by Flo Stahl of Avon Tax Group.
Also insight into two important issues which are Immigration and Group Homes.
Susan Kniep - Group Homes - 2007
HELP MAKE 2007 THE YEAR OF THE TAXPAYER
Presentation by FCTO before the Committee of the Governor on Unfunded Mandates and More
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2006
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! And Remember the Boston Tea Party
At this time of year, we have an opportunity to consciously reflect upon our forefathers and their sacrifices made in an effort to establish a country free from religious persecution, government suppression and excessive taxation.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Nov 2006
VOTE NOVEMBER 7, 2006
Property taxes escalating due to school budgets,eminent domain on many state ballots
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Nov, 2006
Attend the Sept 9 Meeting of FCTO
Armand A. Fusco is our Guest Speaker and will discuss his recent publication titled School Corruption: Betrayal of Children and the Public Trust.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - August, 2006
State of Connecticut Writes Off 135 Plus Million Tax Dollars as Being Uncollectible
Over 350 Million Dollars referred to State’s Suspense List in 2005
Susan Kniep - FCTO - August, 2006
Tax Talk 83 - • Could the Probate Court Rob you of your Rights? Absolutely!
Many other interesting issues to include - Parents sue to remove kids from failing N.J. schools
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July 2006
STATE of CONNECTICUT ELDERLY PROGRAMS
State major programs serving the elderly are in the areas of health care, housing, energy, nutrition, property taxes, transportation, and cash assistance.
Office of Legislative Research - State of Connecticut - 2006
TAXPAYERS ARE SAYING NO! BUDGETS ARE BEING DEFEATED!
SOME TOWN OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THE STATE FOR RELIEF FROM STATE MANDATES!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2006
Congratulations to Theresa McGrath on her recently published article.
The CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding Lawsuit is a Scam as is being practiced in 45 States throughout the US.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 2006
Tax Talk 77 - Group Homes
Connecticut Group Home Abutters announce their new website.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2006
Tax Talk 75 - Public Education in America
Newsweek - Best High Schools in America 2006
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May 2006
Tax Talk 74 - Property Taxes
A Special Thank You to Donna McCalla for providing us with Property Tax Updates. Also, see what is happening in other States.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - May, 2006
Tax Talk 73 - 153 boards and board chairmen representing 98 towns across Connecticut
Have joined in endorsing the Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility to seek legislative reforms
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April, 2006
The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organization calls for a 2006 Constitutional Convention
Secretary of State disputes FCTO and law professors on the interpretation of the Constitution.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Feb, 2006
WELCOME TO THE 72nd EDITION OF TAX TALK
Read THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE TAXPAYER
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2006
WELCOME TO THE 71st EDITION OF TAX TALK
State to buy a $1 million group home for 6 people. Auditors say bid was tainted.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April, 2006
WELCOME TO THE 70TH EDITION OF TAX TALK
Dedicated to Reforming Binding Arbitration
Susan Kniep - FCTO - April 2006
REVALUATION IS FORCING PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES
The injustice in the Connecticut property tax structure is that we are being taxed on unrealized capital gains.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 2006
TWO LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST GLASTONBURY ETHICS COMMISSION
Suits allege the Commission refused to allow members of the public to file ethics complaints.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 21, 2006
EMINENT DOMAIN ... WHAT NEXT CONNECTICUT
Dedicated to all who are continuing the battle to end Eminent Domain abuse in Connecticut and beyond and in support of Suzette Kelo and all property owners trying to keep government from their door.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March, 2006
Susan Kniep Testimony on Prevailing Wage Thresholds
Prevailing Wage Laws are driving up local property taxes.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 16, 2006
Join The Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility
Advocate for legislative changes to permit Connecticut communities to live within their means without negatively impacting needed services, education, and property tax rates.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2006
Review Proposed Glastonbury Code of Ethics. Republicans pledge to close campaign finance loophole.
Corruption has been running rampant in our State and towns. Enclosed is a Proposed Code of Ethics offered by concerned citizens of Glastonbury which should be proposed in all towns throughout Conn.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Jan 2006
Statement Before The Connecticut Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee
The injustice in the Connecticut property tax structure is that we are being taxed on unrealized capital gains.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Dec, 2005
WELCOME TO THE 63rd EDITION OF TAX TALK
American high school students fizzle in international comparisons, placing well behind other countries, even poorer countries like Poland, the Czech Republic and South Korea
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - Jan 13, 2006
WELCOME TO THE 62nd EDITION OF TAX TALK
The Center for Public Integrity provides insight into Washington Lobbyists and their influence.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Jan, 2006
WELCOME TO THE 60TH EDITION OF TAX TALK
We congratulate Mike Guarco who has successfully assembled Conn officials working to reform State Mandates to include Binding Arbitration.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Dec 9, 2005
WELCOME TO THE 58TH EDITION OF TAX TALK
Tax Talk opens a line of communication among concerned taxpayers. Can we publish something for you?
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - Nov 20, 2005
ATTEND THE OCT 26 INFORMATIONAL FORUM ON STATE AND LOCAL TAX POLICY
A panel of invited national and state experts will discuss guiding principles for revenue systems, trends in state and local tax policies, and actual tax reform experiences in other selected states.
Staff - Legislative Program Review and Investigations Comm - Oct, 2005
EMINENT DOMAIN AFTER KELO.
Comments made by Susan Kniep on Eminent Domain at the Forum sponsored by The Federalist Society.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - 2005
SUSPECT RACKETEERING OR OTHER CRIMES BY YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS? CONTACT THE FBI!
With Connecticut’s State Legislature protecting its own by refusing to give the Chief State’s Attorney the necessary tools to prosecute crimes of state and local public officials, honest Connecticut citizens and contractors must rely upon the FBI.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - August 2005
Susan Kniep, FCTO President, will participate in Forum Sponsored by Federalist Society
Sept 16, 2005 at 12 noon at the Capitol in Hartford panelists will discuss EMINENT DOMAIN AFTER KELO: WHAT LIMITS - WHO DECIDES
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - August, 2005
PROPERTY OWNERS UNITE!!! ATTEND THE AUGUST 25, 2005 EMINENT DOMAIN LEGISLATIVE HEARING
Also, read about New London expecting homeowners who lost case to pay hundreds of thousands in back rent.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - August, 2005
Revaluation Questions and Answers Provided by The East Hartford Taxpayers Association (EHTA)
As communities go through Revaluation, consideration should be placed on phasing-in revaluation.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - July, 2005
EMINENT DOMAIN - What Have You Done to Protect Your Property Rights?
Contact your elected officials and ask them to enact legislation to protect your property from eminent domain seizure!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July 12, 2005
Governor Rell Promotes Ethics in State Government
Taxpayers must support Governor Rell in her attempt to establish ethical standards in local and state governments.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2005
CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Guarco and The Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility
FCTO encourages all taxpayers to urge their town officials to join the Consortium and ultimately reduce their tax burden taxes!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July, 2005
MILFORD ALDERMEN LEAD CONNECTICUT IN ADDRESSING THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON EMINENT DOMAIN
On July 11, 2005, the Town of Milford assumed a leadership role in protecting its property owners from this abuse of power by enacting the following Ordinance. The remaining 168 Connecticut towns should pursue similar action to protect its citizens.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July 12, 2005
FCTO Supports Ocean State Job Lot
Controls Must Be Put in Place to Stop The Uncontrolled Expenditure of Tax Dollars on Speculative Development Projects
Susan Kniep - FCTO - July, 2005
Consortium Mission Detailed to Officials From Area Towns
There is strength in numbers, especially when it comes to effecting reforms for the economic betterment of the community
staff - voicenews.com - June 30, 2005
ATTEND JULY 5 RALLY NEW LONDON
HOME OWNERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, CHURCHES UNITE AGAINST GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER OF OUR PROPERTIES
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June 30, 2005
Attend the June 22 Meeting of the East Hartford Taxpayers Association on Revaluation.
Revaluation can result in significant property tax increases.
Susan Kniep - EHTA - May, 2005
Why are they saying no? Journal Inquirer Editorial
Taxpayers are fighting back! They are rejecting municipal budgets throughout the State. Here is how one newspaper defines this growing movement among concerned taxpayers ...
Editorial Staff - Journal Inquirer - May, 2005
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JOURNAL INQUIRER AND REPORTER KEITH PHANEUF
The have unlocked the doors to government and exposed the Political Action Committee Network and the “loopholes” in election laws which allow businesses to channel money into political campaigns through lobbyists.
Keith Phaneuf - Journal Inquirer - May, 2005
2005 STATE OF CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES REPORT
What the Legislature in 2004 planned to do in 2005 according to the Office of Legislative Research.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2005
POTHOLE REPAIR
Taxpayer groups are reporting pot holes to towns so automobile owners will be reimbursed.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2005
Speech by Susan Kniep At Brad Davis Luncheon of April 4, 2005
Nearly every facet of your life is affected by what your public officials do while in office!
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - April 4, 2005
A Message from The East Hartford Taxpayers Association
Promoting honesty, accountability and efficiency in the government of East Hartford.
Staff - EHTA - 2005
Editorial by FCTO President Susan Kniep Written for Waterbury Republican Newspaper
Governor Rell and Legislators Must Fix the Widening Divide They Have Created Between At Will Private Sector Employees and Government Sector Union Employees.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - 2005
The Mayor of New Britain and Common Council are to be Commended for Assuming A Leadership Role
Special recognition is given to Alderman Hermanowski who initiated the following Resolution, which would ultimately allow New Britain high school students to participate in a three year early graduation program with the reward of a local subsidy.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - January, 2005
FCTO Proposes Early High School Graduation Plan
This Plan will give students a financial incentive to graduate after three years to be applied to their college studies.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - December 2004
Defense lawyers: Where was Blumenthal?
Attorney General Blumenthal is asked how his department could have approved the State Contracts now under scrutiny.
Staff - Associated Press - October 4, 2004
DART to Hartford Courant by Columbia Journal Review
Deluged for years with material pointing to corruption of Gov Rowland,Courant sent it swiftly down the drain
Gloria Cooper - Columbia Journal Review - 2004
Medicare Payment Errors Nearly $20 Billion
Medicare reported that private companies that process health claims from its beneficiaries made nearly $20 billion in erroneous or questionable payments last year, an error rate of 9.3 percent.
Staff - Associated Press - Dec 14, 2004
Why Cant the IRS Do It?
Congress has given the Internal Revenue Service clearance to have private debt collectors go after delinquent taxpayers.
Editorial - Washington Post - Dec 9, 2004
The Looming National Benefit Crisis
The long-term economic health of the United States is threatened by $53 trillion in government debts and liabilities that start to come due in four years when baby boomers begin to retire.
DENNIS CAUCHON and JOHN WAGGONER - USA Today - Oct, 2004
WRIT OF MANDAMUS
Taxpayers – When all else fails and town leaders are violating their own laws, consider filing a Writ of Mandamus action!
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - 2004
AN ACT CONCERNING BINDING ARBITRATION REFORM - BILL 5042
FCTO Requests that State Law Makers Reconsider and Approve Bill 5042 and Thereby Control State and Local Taxes.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - Nov, 2004
FCTO Proposes Changes to State Binding Arbitration Laws Based on Anthem Stock Lawsuit
Eliminate HealthCare Costs and Issues from Contract Negotiations and Arbitration
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - Nov 1, 2004
Top Court Ruling Favors Unions In Anthem Case
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of unions that the Anthem Stock Distribution is a contractual, not a legal, dispute and is therefore subject to arbitration.
Jeffrey Cohen - Hartford Courant - Oct 25, 2004
Justices Take Eminent Domain Case
The Supreme Court will decide whether cities can seize property and transfer it to private developers whose projects could boost an ailing local economy.
Joan Biskupic - USA TODAY - Sept 28, 2004
Business Tax Code Lets Some Companies Off Easy
Pitney Bowes of Stamford received $56 million in rebates in the federal corporate tax between 2001 and 2003, three years in which it earned $1.8 billion in profits.
Dan Haar - Hartford Courant - Sept 26, 2004
THE FEDERATION OF CONNECTICUT TAXPAYER ORGANIZATIONS PROPOSES IMMEDIATE ADOPTION OF ETHICS LAWS
On June 23, 2004, the following letter was directed to Lieutenant Governor Rell
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - June 23, 2004
Binding Arbitration Letter and Resolution
FCTO is directing the following letter and Resolution to the CEOs of the 169 cities and towns in Connecticut.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - 2004
Thomas Jefferson said Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty. Be Vigilant. Be Free. JOIN FCTO!
Join The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations. Learn about your government. Visit TAX TALK under FCTO Working With You. Also, access several taxpayer informative websites.
Your Friends from FCTO - FCTO - Jan 2004
THE ROWLAND CORRUPTION TRAIL BEGINS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
A primer on how nearly a half a million dollars in campaign contributions helped the Tomassos win 100 million dollars in no bid contracts.
Staff - Common Cause - 2004
The Task Force of Governor Rell on Contracting Reform
FCTO Suggests Connecticut Citizens Assume A Proactive Role in Contract Reform on a Local Level.
Governor Rell Task Force - State of Connecticut - August, 2004
Ethics Reform and Enforcement Legislation
summaries of legislation passed in the past few years that tighten the process for enforcing the State Ethics Code and during the 2004 session that reform the state code.
Office of Legislative Research - State of Connecticut - May 13, 2004
CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH
The Office of Legislative Research compiles reports on various legislative issues. Please travel to this website and see if a report has been generated which you may have an interest in reading.
OLR - State of Connecticut - July, 2004
Property-Tax Rise Triggers Backlash in Some Areas
Voters have organized efforts to repeal or slow property tax boosts in states from Virginia to Oregon.
Ray A. Smith - Wall Street Journal - July, 2004
TAX TALK Allows You to Interact with Other Concerned Taxpayers.
Let us know what you or your group is thinking, doing, and planning. Send to fctopresident@ctact.org.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - July 2004
Connecticut Teachers Salaries Third-Highest In Country
Connecticuts teachers earned an average of $53,962 last year, a salary that ranks them among the highest paid in the country and the highest in the Northeast region.
Staff - Associated Press - July 15, 2004
State Representative Sean Williams Vows to Press Connecticut Open Government Agenda
Williams says the state budget and other legislation should pass public scrutiny, or not pass the legislature
Staff - Town News - July 1, 2004
Failures Do not Weaken Ethics Resolve
Reference is made to FCTOs Letter to Adopt Strong Ethics Laws. If your State Rep refuses, contact fctopresident@ctact.org.
Staff - Courant - June , 2004
Rowland Gets Offer of Short Term In Exchange for Guilty Plea
The Journal Inquirer Newspaper suggests that Rowland is weighing a deal by the Feds
Don Michak - Journal Inquirer - June 26, 2004
TAXES GOT YOU DOWN??? ATTEND THE JUNE MEETING OF THE FEDERATION.
Join With Others on June 26. Work collectively to Reduce Taxes!
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - June, 2004
HOMEOWNERS NEED REAL TAX RELIEF IN STATE
Dowd Muska is a Philip Gressel Fellow for Tax and Budget Policy at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Trinity College, P.O. Box 260660, Hartford 06126. His email address is dowd@yankeeinstitute.org
D. Dowd Muska - Yankee Institute - May, 2004
CORRUPTION IN CONNECTICUT
A compilation of websites which will help you navigate through the revelations on Corruption in Connecticut
Susan Kniep - FCTO - June, 2004
Reform Binding Arbitration
All Connecticut Municipal Leaders are urged to read the following and provide information to FCTO on personnel related expenses.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - May 2004
Lobbyists Bankrolling Politics
Visit the Center for Public Integrity and Learn Who Is Bankrolling the Presidential Candidates
Staff - Center for Public Integrity - May, 2004
FCTO In the News
Communities Feel Effects of Taxpayer Groups
Staff - Waterbury Republican - May 24, 2004
Citizens Against Gov Waste
New 2004 Congressional Pig Book shows expenditures constitute a record-breaking 22.9 billion dollars spent on 10,656 pork-barrel projects.
Staff - Citizens Against Gov Waste - April, 2004
Citizens for Tax Justice
A visit to this Website will provide you with insight into who is benefiting from your taxes
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - May 10, 2004
Officials in State Lavished with Gifts
Companies that Gave Presents Often Received Contracts from the State
Staff - Associated Press - April 25, 2004
Over 60 Percent of Corporations Did Not Pay Taxes
Large Firms Dodged Federal Taxes From 1996-2000 As Profits Soared
Staff - Wall Street Journal - April 6, 2004
Avon Taxpayers Association Announces New Website
Congratulations to Flo Stahl, the President of The Avon Taxpayers Association and a Board Member of FCTO.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - April 2004
Stop Bending The Rules
Courant Editorial defines how ethical and moral ambivalence toward questionable behavior contributes to a climate of corruption and they provide examples....
Editorial Staff - Hartford Courant - April, 2004
Aging Watchdog Group Fights To Keep Bite
Hartford Courant focuses on a FCTO member, CPOA of New Britain, which is the longest running taxpayer group in the Connecticut.
Staff - Hartford Courant - April
Operation Iraqi Infoganda
Real journalism may be reeling, but faux journalism rocks. As an entertainment category in the cultural marketplace, it may soon rival reality TV.
Frank Rich - New York Times - March, 2004
Treasury Secretary Snow Reignites Fight Over Job Outsourcing
The countrys manufacturers have suffered more than 3 million lost jobs since mid-2000.
Staff - Associated Press - March 30, 2004
ETHICS RULING A VICTORY FOR LOCAL TAXPAYERS
Congratulations to Citizens Property Owners Association of New Britain, the oldest taxpayer organization in the State of Connecticut. CPOA challenged union officials who vote on union contracts in their capacity as elected officials and won.
Joann Klimkiewicz - Hartford Courant - March 25, 2004
State Top Court Lets Borough Vote on Two Budgets Separately
The state Supreme Court has overturned an Appellate Court decision that said holding separate referendums on municipal and school budgets in Naugatuck is illegal.
Staff - Waterbury Republican - March 23, 2004
Hog Wild: Stupid Ways States Waste Money
See What Congress Sent to Connecticut and Other States
Staff - Readers Digest - March 2004
Who is Afraid Of Binding Arbitration? I Am!
In 2002-03, when the state was more than a billion dollars in deficit, state employee unions refused to accept a one year wage freeze and instead received $13 million in raises.
Louis C. DeLuca - Hartford Courant - March 16, 2004
Homes Should Trump Hotels
FCTO Supports Republican Leader of House Robert Ward as he seeks to prohibit the government from seizing homes for private interests.
Robert Ward - Hartford Courant Op Ed - March 16, 2004
National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Study: Freeze on ALL Federal Spending, Including Defense, Is Feasible Option for Fighting Deficits
Staff - National Taxpayers Union - March, 2004
U.S. Trade Gap Hits Record $43.1 Billion in January
This widest measure of U.S. trade and investment flows, would also likely cut economic growth early in 2004.
Doug Palmer - Reuters - March 10, 2004
Testimony Before the State Labor Committee by Susan Kniep, President, FCTO
Binding Arbitration Reform Supported by Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 4, 2004
Disciplining Bad Lawyers A Long, Slow Process
While State Panel Deliberates, Questionable Attorneys Continue To Practice
Thomas D. Williams - Hartford Courant - March 7, 2004
A Threat To Property Owners
The sacred right to own property was undermined this week by the decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Editorial Staff - Hartford Courant - March 5, 2004
Congress Shows Little Interest in Budget-Cutting Measures
National Taxpayers Union Foundation released study revealing 32 lawmakers sought to raise the federal budget by more than $1 trillion dollars.
Staff - HEARTLAND INSTITUTE - January 2004
Healthcare Lobbyists Fund Johnson PAC
The Leadership Encouraging Excellence PAC, has collected more than $65,000 from health care and insurance company reps since it was established three months ago
Don Michak - Journal Inquirer - Jan 28, 2004
THE VALUE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS
The story expounds upon the value of Federal and State Freedom of Information Laws which provides citizens with access to their government
Staff - Parade Magazine - Jan 2004
Budget Office Projects U.S. Deficit to Hit $477 Billion
The federal deficit will hit a record $477 billion this year and get worse if lawmakers cut taxes or increase spending, the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday
Staff - Associated Press - Jan 26, 2004
D.C. School Vouchers Win Final Approval
Hundreds of children in the District will be able to attend private schools at taxpayer expense beginning this fall under a plan approved by the Senate
Spencer S. Hsu and Justin Blum - Washington Post - Jan 23, 2004
Senate Passes Funding As Democrats Relent
The Senate approved a long-overdue $328 billion bill to fund most federal agencies yesterday after Democrats abandoned a fight over overtime pay, food labeling and other contentious issues that had held up the legislation.
Helen Dewar - Washington Post - Jan 23, 2004
Ellington Voters Block Change In Pension Plan
By 2023 to 80, voters at a referendum overturned a 45-34 vote at a town meeting Nov. 17 to enroll the non-union employees in the state Municipal Employee Retirement System.
Lee Foster - Hartford Courant - Jan 16, 2004
Another January, another Congressional pay raise
For US senators and representatives, it was a Happy New Year. As of Jan. 1, their salary is $158,100, the highest ever and an increase of $3,400 over last year.
Jeff Jacoby - Columnist, Boston Globe - Jan 5, 2003
Bushite Betrayal of Working America
Under new Bush Plan employers would be allowed to bring Mexican temporary workers in legally, give them the jobs, and put them on a fast track to permanent residency and citizenship.
WorldNetDaily Commentary - PATRICK BUCHANAN - Jan 1, 2004
Documents Belie Rowland Claim (Refer to FCTO Hall of Shame for further reporting)
Records Contradict Denials by Governor That His Office Played Role In State Contract Awards.
Jon Lender - Hartford Courant - Dec 24 2003
IBM To Move Thousands Of Tech Jobs Overseas
Southbury Office Among Those Affected By Offshoring
AP - Associated Press - Dec 16, 2003
Talks put light on teachers contract. Arbitration likely to contain costs.
An insight into teacher contract negotiations
Tracie Mauriello - Waterbury Republican - Dec 14, 2003
Audit rules raise costs, concerns. New standards leave some towns irritated
The new standard has forced many towns to spend more money on outside consultants, new software and employee time
Alexander MacInnes - Waterbury Republican - Dec 14, 2003
Supreme Court Upholds McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act
The Law is an attempt to control the unregulated, uncontained and often underground system of fund-raising
Fred Barbash - Washington Post - Dec 10, 2003
Give The Public Access To Legislative Process
Citizens should be well aware of and have a chance to comment on proposed legislation long before it becomes law.
Robert Ward - Hartford Courant - Nov 17, 2003
Rowland Retreats on Enron Denial
Governor Rowland has now acknowledged several calls with Enron Chairman Lay.
Jon Lender - Hartford Courant - Nov 7, 2003
Double Dipping in Cities
Municipal employees should be restricted from running in local elections.
Editorial Staff - Hartford Courant - Nov 10, 2003
Land Group Set Back By Ruling
The Fort Trumbull Conservancy concerned for intervenor ruling
Lynne Tuohy - Hartford Courant - Oct 15, 2003
Panel Urges Shift Of Tax Burden To State
State Commission Proposes Shifting $1 billion in Education Costs to State
Press Reporter - Associated Press - Oct 1, 2003
Binding Arbitration Letter and Resolution
FCTO is directing the following letter and Resolution to the CEOs of the 169 cities and towns in Connecticut.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Sept 1, 2003
Testimony Before State Legislature on Ethics
On March 14, 2003, Susan Kniep, FCTO President, offered the following testimony to the State Legislature on Bills intended to help curb municipal corruption. She stressed time limits of auditors.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - March 14, 2003



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