Yes, it is a conservative (as opposed to liberal) organization. But they do some great research and share it with the rest of us.
For example, are you aware that 94% of the state's workforce is unionized? That is not a misprint. You can read more about that here.
The institute also published a report in February about the state employee unions that everyone should read. The title is lengthy: "Above the Law: How Government Unions' Extralegal Privileges are Harming Public Employees, Taxpayers, and the State".
In part, the report's executive summary states:
"Government unions' dominance in Hartford has led to a two-tiered system of laws — one that unfairly advantages government unions at the expense of ordinary citizens, and erodes the legitimate power of elected lawmakers.
"As a result, Connecticut suffers from a litany of ills, including high taxes; high debt; the worst pension liabilities int he nation; the highest differential between private and public sector pay, and the slowest job growth in the nation.
"This report details the laws and practices that have created this disparity between government unions and the rest of us."
You can download the report here.
And in case you were wondering, the institute has published a statement on its website stating it opposes some of the recommendations made by the state Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. You can read that here.
The Chamber has not yet taken a position on the commission's recommendations. Any Chamber member who has an opinion on that is welcome to contact me at 203-757-0701, Ext. 319, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.