In The Loop – May 7, 2021

April showers bring May flowers — and report cards!
College campuses across the state are ready to issue final grades and diplomas for the 2020-2021 school year, and in the coming month high school students will be prepping for final exams and graduation ceremonies.

In Hartford, this past week was for sure the busiest thus far for the House and Senate this session. It’s also been a week filled with citizen rankings, Cato Institute reports, U.S. News state reports and many, many other third party report cards. I thought it might be interesting with Connecticut “on its way back” (according to the Governor and legislature) to take a look at how our state has fared over the past year under some very trying circumstances.

To start off, the Cato Institute just released a report that places Connecticut dead last (#50) for overly burdensome state regulatory atmosphere. YouGov conducted an open pool where they asked Americans to rank the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. from best to worst by having respondents choose the better of two states from a list of head-to-head comparisons. Well, Connecticut came in the middle of the pack with a 51% win percentage in its matchups. Leading the list was Hawaii, Colorado and Virginia. Not too surprising. Interestingly, the District of Columbia came in last with a 35% win rate against its matchups…

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