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  • Connecticut's Fixed Costs (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Fixed costs are an increasing portion of the Connecticut state budget, and are expenditures the State is obligated to make. In fiscal year 2017, almost half ($8.68 billion) of Connecticut's total General Fund expenditures were categorized as "fixed costs." As the State's fixed costs are increasing, the amount of money available for the discretionary — or non-fixed — portion of Connecticut's General Fund is shrinking. This infographic details the items that make up Connecticut's fixed costs, and how they have grown over the years.

  • Connecticut's Spending & Volatility Caps

    As part of the biennial budget for fiscal years 2018-19, the Connecticut General Assembly passed two fiscal accountability measures, known as the spending cap and the volatility cap. These measures include changes to multiple sections of the Connecticut General Statutes, which are discussed in this policy brief.

  • Connecticut's State Bonding Process & Restrictions

    This policy brief provides an overview of the existing restrictions on the Connecticut general obligation bonding process, and the additions to these restrictions contained in the biennial budget for fiscal years 2018-19 (Conn Acts 17-2 (June Special Session)), which was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on October 31, 2017.

  • Factors Contributing to Health of State Employee Pension Funds

    This report identifies key factors that contribute to the health of state employee pension systems, and uses these key factors to assess and compare the health of state employee pension systems in Connecticut with other peer states.