Voices from the Capitol

Maryam Elahi (opinion): Working together toward a brighter future for CT’s young people

 Maryam Elahi March 26, 2024 @ 12:01 am The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut welcomes the “119K Commission,” the newly established initiative by the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM). We hope it will succeed to coalesce public support thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of Joe...


Fred McKinney (opinion): A reliable rate of return on early childhood education

The following op-ed was featured in CT Insider. One of the major contributions Nobel Prize laureate and University of Chicago economist James Heckman made to American society is his groundbreaking work on the rate of return on early childhood education. His studies and those inspired by his research...


Paul Choiniere (opinion): Diverse advocacy groups agree on what ails Connecticut

This op-ed was featured in The Day. ———- When you have the head of a business association and a researcher for a progressive think tank pointing toward the same solutions to improve Connecticut’s economy and provide more opportunities for its citizens, the building blocks for co...


Editorial: Housing solutions require leadership

July 20, 2023 •

OPINION Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board July 20, 2023 We didn’t need a U.S. senator to tell us we have a housing crisis. We can see it every day. Supply is down, prices are up, evictions are climbing and options are limited. But it doesn’t hurt to have powerful people making the case th...


Giving Connecticut Children an Equity Boost, from Birth

March 5, 2023 •

This op-ed was published in Connecticut by the Numbers. However, it was originally published as testimony provided to the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee.    Poverty is a policy choice. A wide body of research tell us that the difference between financial security and poverty is...


We Stand with Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

September 23, 2022 •

Traducción al Español Resilient is a word that’s too often used to described communities of color. These past few years have been especially exhausting—necessitating more effort, more grace to push through the day. In spite of it all, we rise every morning and persevere. While we know lif...


2022 Legislative Wrap-up!

May 5, 2022 •

Dear Voices Community – The 2022 legislative session has concluded! This year, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a FY23 budget adjustment that provides unprecedented support to the state’s hardworking families. We are pleased to report that a number of the policies we have fought f...


Kristin Reese: I witness how poverty harms children. Connecticut can change that.

April 2, 2022 •

This op-ed was featured in the Hartford Courant on April 2, 2022. “Thank you so much. You don’t know how badly I need this money. I’m a single mom, I have three kids, my son’s birthday is next month and there are bills to pay.” As both a pediatrician and volunteer tax preparer, I witness t...


Partnerships for child welfare

April 1, 2022 • Child Welfare

This op-ed was published by the CT Mirror and be viewed HERE. Volunteers can help professionals, families, and children themselves shape a better future. April —Child Abuse Prevention Month and Volunteer Appreciation Month— arrives during what is heralded as the “year of the child.”  It’...


Juvenile justice reform: Many hurdles remain but still worth pursuing

March 16, 2022 • Criminal Legal System Reform

by Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Shannon Schrader Recent discourse on juvenile justice reform has focused on the increases in juvenile offending and the need to hold young offenders accountable for the crimes they have committed. At the same time, judicial rulings (e.g., “Graham v. Florida,” 2...


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