While April 15 is known as Tax Day, Connecticut residents will need to keep working for another month just to pay off their total tax bill. In fact, Connecticut residents are the last of any state in the country to pay off tax obligations, when combining federal, state and local tax bills. According to the Yankee Institute, a taxpayer watchdog group, this pattern is bound to drive hard-working Connecticut residents out of the state and further harm Connecticut residents who remain in the state. This is of particular concern as state lawmakers deliberate over a budget that would increase state obligations to the tune of $500 million and raise taxes on hard-working Connecticut residents in the process. \u2018Again clamoring for more\u2019 \u201cOur state and local tax collections per person are among the highest in the country,\u201d said Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute. \u201cAnd, just four years after the biggest tax increase in state history, the politicians in Hartford are again clamoring for more of our money," Liebau said. According to the Yankee Institute, there is a fundamental disconnect between many state leaders\u2019 desire to create a prosperous Connecticut and the tax and budgetary policies they put into effect. \u201cProsperity doesn\u2019t come from raising taxes on hard-working Connecticut residents who are working to keep their families \u2014 and our state economy \u2014 afloat,\u201d Liebau said. \u201cWhether it\u2019s raising individual tax rates or punishing employers who are trying to create accessible jobs for Connecticut, politicians don\u2019t seem to understand that higher taxes just drive high-earners and job-providers from our state,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen they go, they take jobs and money \u2014 and opportunity \u2014 with them.\u201d 'Irresponsible spending and taxation' The Yankee Institute works to give voice to millions of Connecticut residents who are saying no to runaway spending and runaway tax increases. The organization has a campaign, Balanced Connecticut (www.BalancedConnecticut.org), designed to end a continuing era of irresponsible spending and taxation. \u201cOnly when we give voice to the millions of Connecticut residents who are concerned about our current trajectory can we get our state back on track,\u201d Liebau said. Zachary Janowski works for the Hartford-based Yankee Institute (www.yankeeinstitute.org). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 860-384-5777.