Voices from the Capitol

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 • Juvenile Justice

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...


The Real Reason Childcare Doesn’t Work? It Isn’t What You Think.

Well before the pandemic, the U.S. failed to design a childcare a system that works for families, childcare providers or children. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently said, “Childcare is a textbook example of a broken market.” She’s right. Women have disproportionately left the workfor...


Open Letter: Teach Us Everything

December 3, 2021 • Education, Emerging Issues

Here at Nellie Mae, we are committed to equitable public education and teaching the truth, and those values are under attack from special interests who do not actually care about our students. We are taking a stand in support of education alongside our partners in this week’s Sunday edition of the...


It Is Our Stories That Connect Us

April 19, 2021 • Budget and Tax

“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.” – Bell Hooks On June 5, 2020, my friends and I joined thousands of other protestors, fis...


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