Voices from the Capitol

The Family First Act Offers Hope to Reduce Child Neglect & Abuse

It’s no surprise that children do best when they have strong stable families.  But when children are at risk because of family dysfunction, our nation’s approach has long been to protect the child by removal rather than remediation.  Our federal financing reflects that: ...


Why Connecticut’s Business Climate is About More than Corporate Taxation

November 24, 2015 • Budget and Tax

A basic line learned by every first year law student is that “bad facts make for bad law.” This maxim holds true in the legislature as well as in the courts. Take the oft repeated claim that Connecticut should give big business tax breaks to remedy an allegedly “bad business env...


State of Working Connecticut Interactive Graph

November 19, 2015 •

Six years after the official end of the Great Recession, Connecticut has yet to fully recover. Despite lower levels of unemployment, the recovery has left behind many Connecticut residents, in particular people of color, young workers, those paid low wages, and many with relatively low levels of ...


Combined Reporting: Fair Taxation for Shared Prosperity

November 3, 2015 • Budget and Tax

Declining revenue projections – contributing to Connecticut’s increasing budget deficit – illustrate why recent legislation to raise revenue by making business taxation more equitable was the right course for the state to take, even as some big corporations step up their attacks...


Unintended Consequences of the ACA: Retraction of Medicaid Eligibility for Parents in Connecticut

September 28, 2015 • Child Welfare, Health Equity

Research has consistently demonstrated that insuring parents is good for their health and their children’s. Children of parents insured through Medicaid are more likely to be covered and receive regular check-ups. In 2007, when Connecticut aligned its Medicaid income limit for parents and c...


Changes to HUSKY Parent Income Eligibility: How to Help Families

July 21, 2015 • Health Equity

The Department of Social Services, Access Health CT and community partners are gearing up for the rollback in income eligibility for parents and caretaker relatives currently on HUSKY A.  Parents with family income above 155% of the federal poverty level (e.g., $31,140 for a family of three)...


Connecticut Voices Played a Critical Role Advancing Opportunity for Children

Over the past six months, Connecticut Voices for Children has engaged in research and advocacy to improve the well-being of kids and families across the state. Our efforts have been cited by both elected officials and news media as playing an important role in the advancement of family-friendly l...


Early Care and Education Progress Data Tables 2014, Part 2: Educational Attainment of Early Childhood Workforce

Why does the educational attainment of early childhood staff matter? A wealth of national research shows that the long-term benefits of early care and education programs are greater when program staff...


Connecticut Voices for Children Commends Lawmakers for Crafting a Budget that Maintains Investments in Children

June 8, 2015 • Budget and Tax, Health Equity

Last week, the Connecticut State Senate voted to approve a two-year, $40 billion budget, sending the bill to the desk of Governor Malloy. ...


When Families Move to Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods, Their Children Have Higher Income

May 20, 2015 •

Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues have just released two important studies (both featured in the New York Times “...


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