HARTFORD, CT – Today, Zachary Janowski, Director of External Affairs for the Yankee Institute, released the “Blow the Whistle” video. It is the first of several videos in the Connecticut Can Work! campaign aimed at identifying policy reforms that will allow everyone the opportunity to work and succeed in Connecticut.
“Joe is a volunteer who runs a soccer league for kids. He wants to spend time on the field, but the Connecticut Department of Labor has been hassling him for years over how he pays people,” said Janowski. “When youth sports leagues are afraid to hire in Connecticut, other employers must be terrified.”
“Bureaucratic red tape creates artificial barriers to growth and success. Together they have Connecticut stuck in the past,” Janowski said. “Connecticut has audited some 95 sports leagues. State regulations are taking away opportunities from 14-year-olds who make spending money working at a soccer clinic. That’s a shame, but it’s also something we know can be fixed.”
Many of the Connecticut Can Work! policy reforms are aimed at such “solopreneurs” – people who consider themselves freelancers or consultants, and often work in the shared economy. “The state thinks of them as ‘independent contractors’ and hassles them because they don’t conform to the one-size-fits-all approach that government takes to our economy,” Janowski noted. “And that’s just wrong.”
“At the Yankee Institute, we believe Connecticut can work. That’s why we’re proposing a set of reforms to make working here easier, whether that’s growing your own business or getting a job at one. Everyone should have the opportunity to define and achieve success.”
For more information and to watch the video, please visit: www.ConnecticutCanWork.org.
The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.