Goal: Reduce the size and cost of state government and increase its efficiency and performance. The only way for Connecticut to move beyond its fiscal crisis and build a foundation for long-term growth is to encourage private-sector employers to invest here, create jobs and drive our economy forward. In any year, but especially now, the Connecticut state budget must be balanced in a way that restores fiscal responsibility and opens the door to a thriving private-sector economy.
That means reducing the size and cost of state government and adopting reforms suggested by the Connecticut Regional Institute for the 21st Century and other recommendations that have been on the table for years. We need a sustainable state budget that taxpayers can afford, demands accountability and that provides more efficient delivery of services with the greatest cost savings.
Create a two-year state budget that reduces the size and cost of state government and increases accountability, while improving the delivery of services.
Adopt the recommendations of the Connecticut Regional Institute for the 21st Century
- Promote the use of long-term, in-home health care (versus more expensive alternatives) for our older citizens.
- Cut the rate of prison recidivism in Connecticut by using alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders and effective services for treatment, job training and reintroduction into communities.
- Expand the use of nonprofit agencies to provide high-quality community services at a lower cost.
- Renegotiate state union contracts and bring state employee pay and benefits in line with those of the private sector; reduce short-term costs and long-term unfunded liabilities.
Review every aspect of the state budget and identify ways to reduce spending, increase efficiency and provide vital services.
- Implement continuous improvement, lean processes, and results-based accountability at all levels of government.
- Develop a plan to reduce Connecticut’s long-term state and municipal unfunded liabilities.
- Adopt practical plans for streamlining state government and maximizing tax dollars, such as the recommendations of the Thomas Commission and the Harper-Hull Commission.
- Explore the best practices and cost-cutting ideas of other states.
- Begin the process of implementing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.