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SEXCAPADE SCANDALS AND EMAILGATE
A Presidential Election Scripted for the History Books and Possibly the Big Screen
The Federation of CT - Taxpayer Organizations - Oct 2016
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.
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - March 2011
FCTO Statement before Nov 2010 State Department of Insurance
Reject the substantial rate hike proposed by Anthem Insurance and More
The Federation of Connecticut - Taxpayer Organizations - Nov 2010
Is Connecticut Going Broke.....
Connecticut debt per capita of 4859 Dollars exceeds that of California at 2362 Dollars, June 2010 Fitch Ratings downgraded CT bonds and Other Signs of Concern.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Oct 2010
Open Government Projects To Nonunion Labor
By Lelah Campo, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut in Rocky Hill.
Lelah Campo - ABC - 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
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
Connecticut Faces a School Tax Revolt
Over the past two and a half decades, the student population in Connecticut has increased only 10%. Yet the cost of schooling more than doubled to $8.8 billion in 2006, up from $3.4 billion in 1981.
Lew Andrews - Yankee Institute - August, 2008
It is time to reform binding arbitration laws
The most impacting unfunded mandate in this state is binding arbitration, as taxpayers in the 169 Connecticut towns pay between 75 percent and 85 percent of their property taxes to fund government labor costs.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
PUBLIC DEBT, MANDATES HANDICAP STATE
Connecticut is awash in debt. The November 2006 St of CT Fiscal Accountability Report discloses our State Debt to be 49 Billion Dollars!
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2007
TOUGH CHOICES ON LABOR COSTS AWAIT BUDGET MAKERS
Governor Rell and Legislators Must Fix the Widening Divide They Have Created Between "At-Will" Private-Sector Employees and Government -Sector Union Employees
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2005
STATEMENT BY FCTO BEFORE COMMISSION ON UNFUNDED MANDATES
The most impacting unfunded mandate in Connecticut is Binding Arbitration.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Dec, 2006
Susan Kniep Testimony on Prevailing Wage Laws
Prevailing Wage Laws are driviing up local property taxes.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - March 16, 2006
Statement Before The State 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
CONNECTICUTíS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
As Connecticutís taxes and state debt continue to soar, the pirates at our State Capital have been looting Connecticutís Treasurer Island and burying the gold in their backyards.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - January 30, 2004
Ms. Kniepís Testimony Before the State Legislature
TO IMPROVE STATE AND LOCAL ETHIC LAWS
Susan Kniep - FCTO - 2003
Solving Connecticut Transportation Problems
In 1969, the State Legislature gave the CT Department of Transportation a wide monopoly on all modes of transport within CT in return for a balanced and effective transportation system. The Dept has failed to produce any effective results.
Ben Byers - Yankee Institute - July, 2004
ITíS TIME TO CLOSE THE CORPORATE SUBSIDY CANDY STORE
At least the Rowland scandal has performed one valuable public service. It has given yet another black eye to economic development.
Dowd Muska - Yankee Institute - 2004
Democratic Lawmakers are Obstacles to Reform
We have little hope of controlling municipal budgets, until the laws on binding arbitration are changed, FCTO President Susan Kniep said.
Editorial Staff - Waterbury Republican Newspaper - April 19, 2003
Another January, Another Congressional Pay Raise
As of Jan. 1, their salary is $158,100. The highest ever and an increase of $3,400 over the amount they collected last year.
Jeff Jacoby - Boston Globe - Jan 5, 2004
A Journal Inquirer Editorial
Kudos to Journal Inquirer Editorial Page Editor Keith Burris who has provided us with a textbook lesson into Politics 101.
Keith Burris - Journal Inquirer - Jan 2, 2004
Connecticuts Shell Game with Taxpayer Money
Connecticut taxpayers lost $220 million in the Enron-CRRA deal because Connecticut elected officials failed to provide oversight or worse.
Susan Kniep - FCTO - Jan 2003
Double Dipping in Cities
Municipal Employees Should be Restricted from Running in Local Elections.
Editorial Staff - Hartford Courant - Nov 9, 2003
Lawmakers On A Wild Spending Spree
The following appeared on the May 11, 2000 Op Ed Page of the Hartford Courant. As of September, 2003, the Stateís bonded debt has grown to $12 billion.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - May 11, 2000
When Did Unions Take Over Town Hall
The following appeared on the March 30, 2002 Commentary Page of the Hartford Courant. As of September, 2003, some government employees are retiring with pensions which exceed their base salaries.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - March 30, 2002
Enron...How Taxpayers Lost $220 Million
The following appeared in the January, 2002 Editorial Page of the Journal Inquirer. The failure of State elected officials to put controls on taxpayer financed State quasi-public agencies resulted in a $220 million dollar loss of taxpayer dollars.
Susan G. Kniep - FCTO - Sept 1, 2003
Email to the Governor
As you pursue your state budget deliberations, the members of The Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations, Inc. respectfully request that you give consideration to the many Connecticut taxpayers who are now paying the highest taxes in the natio
SUSAN G. KNIEP - FCTO - Nov 24, 2002



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