Yale VP Bruce Alexander appointed to commission to advise Governor Malloy

The new Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth will offer the governor and General Assembly recommendations on issues such as taxes and spending.
A portriat of Bruce Alexander, Yale's vice president for state affairs and campus development
Bruce Alexander

Bruce Alexander, vice president for state affairs and campus development, is among the members of the newly formed Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced.

The commission was created as part of the bipartisan state budget that Malloy signed into law on Oct. 31. It will be responsible for developing and recommending policies to achieve state government fiscal stability and promote economic growth and competitiveness within the state. Alexander is one of 11 newly announced members of the 14-member commission; three additional appointments are still to be announced.

All of the members — who have expertise in public finance, economic growth, job creation, and public administration — are appointed by Malloy or by legislative leaders. Alexander was appointed by Connecticut state representative Themis Klarides. The commission held its first meeting on Dec. 15 in Hartford.

This commission will serve to give the private sector a greater voice in strengthening our state’s fiscal foundation,” Malloy said. “In particular, it is my hope that they specifically focus on efforts to fund our transportation system in a way that best makes the needed infrastructure investments so our communities can thrive, and help Connecticut adapt to a changing world that includes a new federal tax policy and less federal spending. I look forward to hearing their thoughts and ideas and thank each of them for their participation.”

The adopted statute requires the group to study and make recommendations on issues regarding state revenues, tax structures, spending, debt, and administrative and organizational actions to achieve consistently balanced and timely budgets that are supportive of the interests of families and businesses and the revitalization of major cities within the state, and materially improve the attractiveness of the state for existing and future businesses and residents.

The commission will submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly by March 1, 2018, and legislative committees will draft legislation containing the recommendations.

The commission plans to hold a number of public hearings throughout the state to solicit input and discuss research. A second meeting is being planned for Jan. 8 in New Haven.

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