Yankee Institute

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The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a 501(c)(3), is a non-profit, free market think tank in Connecticut. It was founded in 1984 by Bernard Zimmern, a French entrepreneur.[1] Its stated vision is "to make Connecticut a better place to live, work, and raise a family."[2]


The Institute conducts research in the areas of taxes and budget, school reform and social services.

Tax and budget

Tax and Budget Policy conducts research on fiscal policy in Connecticut, advocating lower taxes and reduced government spending.

Headed by D. Dowd Muska, its most recent publications include "How to Reduce Property Taxes with a Citizen's Audit Committee" and "The Coming Showdown with Public Labor."

School reform

The Yankee Institute promotes free market approaches to education reform. Its website provides a calculator allowing citizens to determine potential savings through online courses, early graduation, private education and home schooling.

Recent publications include "Ending Corruption and Waste in Your Public School" and "Free College for High School Students."

Social services

Over 26% of the state budget, the Institute notes, goes to social services, and yet most citizens know little to nothing about how that is spent.[3] To that end, the Institute conducts research in the field to provide information to residents and also advocates for more a more efficient and effective system.

Recent publications include "Three Cures for What's Ailing Long Term Healthcare" and "HELP WANTED: Serving Connecticut’s Neediest Citizens through Job Training."


The Institute puts out a quarterly newsletter called Yankee Ingenuity.[4]

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