Resources to documents and data relevant to today’s tax policy conversations, curated by the Property Tax Working Group for this website.
The 2019 Regular Legislative Session convened on January 9 and adjourns on June 5. Links to information on key deadlines for legislative action:
CCM is the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state, with 168 member municipalities.
Striving for informed decision-making across Connecticut, the CT Data Collaborative empowers an ecosystem of data users by democratizing access to public data and building data literacy. CT Data makes data digestible and intelligible through online visualizations and data storytelling for public consumption and reuse, and partners with organizations to liberate, analyze, process, and visualize data.
The CERC Town Profiles™ are two-page summaries of demographic and economic information for each of Connecticut's 169 municipalities that contain information about population, major employers, education, fiscal issues, labor force and housing. CERC has partnered with the Connecticut Data Collaborative to create interactive profiles that enable users to visualize and compare geographies for various indicators on CTData.org. See Town Profiles.
Connecticut Voices for Children's mission is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's children and families by identifying and advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices advances its mission through high-quality research and analysis, policy development, strategic communications, and establishment of a sustainable and powerful voice for children. The organization’s Fiscal Policy Center conducts and disseminates timely fiscal policy research that is relevant to the policy debates happening at the State Capitol.
The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) is a member-driven organization committed to giving Connecticut’s smaller communities a strong voice in the legislative process. COST champions the interests of small towns at the State Capitol and provides resources to help municipal leaders meet the challenges they face as chief executives of the state’s 142 smaller communities.
Launched in November 2017, Connecticut’s Finances is an initiative of the Connecticut School Finance Project that examines Connecticut’s fiscal and economic health, and takes an in-depth look into the State’s finances, such as its tax revenue, spending, and long-term pension and debt obligations.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, the Lincoln Institute integrates theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. The NCSL website provides data and information about state government activities and actions across the country.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center promotes better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of strategically identified regional economic and policy issues.
The Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) is a nonpartisan professional office of the Connecticut General Assembly. Its primary function is to provide technical support to the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding, as well as the other committees and members of the legislature.
The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) provides nonpartisan, objective research for all 187 members of the Connecticut General Assembly and their caucus staff. OLR analysts draft bill analyses (plain language summaries) that appear in the file copies of all favorably reported bills; summarize public acts and publish separate reports identifying major acts and the impact of various provisions on particular occupations, industries, and groups; write research reports on a wide range of topics for legislators and committees; respond to research requests; staff legislative committees; and provide other services to the Legislature as needed.
A list of hyperlinks that directs users to Budget resources and data developed by or used by the Budget Division of the state Office of Policy and Management.
In accordance with state statutes, the Executive Branch’s Office of Policy and Management and the Legislative Branch’s Office of Fiscal Analysis develop consensus revenue estimates three times each year.
Municipal Fiscal Indicators is an annual compendium of information compiled by the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Office of Finance, Municipal Finance Services Unit (MFS). The data contained in Indicators provides key financial and demographic information on municipalities in Connecticut.
Section 2-36b of the Connecticut General Statutes requires the Office of Policy and Management and the Office of Fiscal Analysis to annually analyze issues affecting spending and revenue for the current biennium and the three succeeding fiscal years, and to report those analyses to the Appropriations Committee and to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. By statute, there are seven components of the report: a comparison of the consensus revenue estimate to annual growth in “fixed costs;” projected tax credits; estimated deficiencies for the current fiscal year; projected balance in the Budget Reserve Fund; projected bond authorizations, allocations and issuances; an analysis of revenue and expenditure trends and of the major cost drivers affecting state spending; and an analysis of possible uses of surplus funds.
Open Connecticut centralizes state financial information to make it easier to follow state dollars. Find out where deficits or surpluses come from. Find out how much was paid for a particular vendor or program. Find out what to expect in future years.
Connecticut's nine planning regions, established under Sec. 16a-4c, Gen. Stat., provide a geographic framework within which municipalities can jointly address common interests, and coordinate such interests with state plans and programs. The municipalities within each region have voluntarily created a Regional Council of Governments (RCOG) through local ordinance to carry out a variety of regional planning and other activities on their behalf, as authorized under Chapter 127, Gen. Stat.
The Municipal Benchmarking Application provides the public with an intuitive, interactive website to explore and better understand how resources are allocated throughout the state, municipality by municipality.
Measuring Distress data page is a tool for economic development - a fast simple way to calculate whether a county, region or neighborhood may meet grant thresholds for unemployment and income. Just select county or tract and the tool will create regions or neighborhoods based on your choices.
CCEA specializes in economic impact and policy analysis studies, as well as advising clients regarding business strategy, market analysis, and related topics. CCEA focuses particular attention on the economic and business dynamics of Connecticut. (CCEA’s studies of state issues are founded on data sets maintained by Amherst, MA-based Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. (REMI), which licenses dynamic models of the state’s economy.)
American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys, including the American Community Survey and the American Economic Survey.