laborLabor Study: Businesses can pay more to preserve CT’s quality of life

By Keith M. Phaneuf

HARTFORD: Connecticut businesses can afford — and should pay — higher taxes to support investments in education, health care and other priorities to grow the economy and preserve quality of life, a report sponsored by the state’s biggest labor group urged Wednesday.

The analysis prepared for the state AFL-CIO by the Center for Public Policy and Social Research — a policy think-tank at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain — also concluded Connecticut businesses enjoy some of the best economic advantages in the nation.

But the state’s chief business lobby countered that Connecticut lost jobs in 2016 while they grew in most of the rest of the nation, and this dangerous trend cannot be reversed if taxes are not stabilized.

Nick PernaConverstation with Nick Perna and Keith Phaneuf of CTmirror.

Nicholas S. Perna has been one of the most influential economists in Connecticut for more than three decades.

Retiring in January after 15 years as economic advisor to Webster Bank, Perna has been a consultant to numerous other leading financial institutions, including Fleet Financial Group and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

wmec logo1r1NEW YORK: The Ethisphere Institute has recognized eight southern New England corporations as among the most ethical in the world.

For eleven years the organization has selected using what it is explains as an “Ethics Quotient,  a proprietary rating system that collects and objectively scores self-reported data in five weighted categories.”

According to the organization it “honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world. These companies also consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and leverage values and a culture of integrity as the underpinnings to the decisions they make each day.”

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Washington, DC: With federal tax reform efforts seeking to lower the 35 percent tax rate on corporations, it's also worth remembering that most states also impose taxes that can push business tax marginal rates above 40 percent. New analysis from Tax Foundation Policy Analyst Morgan Scarboro shows the corporate tax brackets and tax rates for these states and the District of Columbia.

At 12 percent, Iowa has the highest top marginal rate in the country, followed by Pennsylvania (9.99 percent), Minnesota (9.8 percent), Alaska (9.4 percent), Connecticut (9 percent), New Jersey (9 percent), and D.C. (9 percent).

"Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.4 percent of state tax collections and 2.7 percent of state general revenue," Scarboro writes.

For 2017, corporate tax rates in four states--Arizona, Indiana, New Mexico, and North Carolina--and D.C. will decline as part of recent tax reform legislation. Since 2008, 15 states have reduced their corporate tax rates, recognizing that the tax raises fairly little revenue but plays a bigger role in business location and expansion decisions.


SVMC BridgportBRIDGEPORT: A report late Thursday, February 23 in the Connecticut Post revealed that management at Bridgeport’s St. Vincent's Hospital has told employees that a merger or sale of the hospital was possible. 

No official actions have been filed with the state, but employees were given a heads up last week at employee, management “town hall” meetings.

According to the Post, Dianne Auger, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the hospital and president and CEO of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, told employees, “we are exploring a variety of strategic options for St. Vincent’s.”

The St. Vincent's Medical Center is a 473-bed acute care Catholic hospital in Bridgeport, and with 3,700 hundred employees, it is the city’s largest employer.

New Haven’s former Catholic Hospital, Saint Raphael’s was purchased by the Yale New Haven Health System in 2012. The Yale system owns the 425 bed  2,300 employee Bridgeport Hospital.