Data Notes

In February 2010, the Yankee Institute launched the CT Sunlight Project to bring greater accountability and transparency to state government spending in Connecticut. Three types of information are available on the site: payroll data, pension benefits, and expenditure data.

Yankee conducted a pilot project to add payroll and pension data for municipal employees in 2010. There are no plans to collect this data in the future.

All of the data is now gathered via transparency.CT.gov, a website developed by the Connecticut General Assembly under the direction of the Office of Fiscal Analysis with data provided by the Office of the State Comptroller. The Yankee Institute would like to thank all those state and local government officials who worked diligently to gather the data.

Payroll – State Government

Data was provided by the State Comptroller’s office via transparency.ct.gov: 

 Data for calendar years 2010 – 2016

The State of Connecticut divides payroll into two categories: Limited and non-limited. The vast majority of state agencies are in the non-limited category, meaning data regarding position, start dates, etc. are available. Personnel that work for four agencies, the University of Connecticut, UConn Health Center, the Judicial Branch, and Legislative Management, are governed by different rules. Data for these agencies does not include position titles and other relevant information.

This information was formatted for the CT Sunlight database by Yankee staff. Any errors are an unintentional result of errors in the provided data sets or in transcription mistakes.


Pensions – State Government

Data was provided by the State Comptroller’s office via transparency.CT.gov

Data for calendar years 2007 – 2017

Pensions reflected are calculated amounts based on pension formulas prescribed by law. They do not reflect Cost-of-Living increases that are routinely factored into such benefits.

 

Checkbook – State Government


The state of Connecticut's fiscal year spans from July 1 to June 30. State government's itemized expenditures are posted in Checkbook. The data is an electronic version of the state’s checkbook for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 thru 2017-2018. 


While all this information comes in its raw form from the state, it  is formatted for the CT Sunlight database by Yankee staff. Any errors are an unintentional result of errors in the provided data sets or in transcription mistakes. E-mail heath@yankeeinstitute.org to report any errors or problems with the data.