Voices from the Capitol

Creating Wealth With ‘Baby Bonds’

September 20, 2022 •

  When Efrem Fesaha first heard about baby bonds this spring, it made him think back to when he was 17 and a senior at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle. He was the fourth of six children, his father had just died, and he wondered, “How am I going to fund my college?” He had to think...


Report: Connecticut Begins To Close Income Inequality Gap

September 8, 2022 •

A new report from the nonprofit Connecticut Voices for Children found greater real wage growth for low- and middle-wage workers over the past two years, but it hasn’t been enough to offset 40 years of income inequality. The report found that the increase in wages for low-and-middle wage workers ...


Report: Lagging job growth in CT will hamper economy

September 7, 2022 •

‘State of Working Connecticut’ attributes job market woes to lack of public sector hiring, wage and employment inequity The gap between job growth in Connecticut and the national pace of job recovery since the pandemic recession is expected to widen, hampering state economic growth in the years ...


Annual watchdog report shows Connecticut workers lag in post-pandemic recovery

September 7, 2022 •

Connecticut’s overall job recovery from the pandemic is lagging compared to the rest of the United States. The state is expected to close its short fall by June 2023, a year later than the rest of the country, according the latest annual “State of Working Connecticut” report by the Con...


Brookfield school resource officer always thinks ‘what would I do if?’ How he helps keep kids safe

August 29, 2022 •

BROOKFIELD — A bullet proof vest strapped to his chest with a handgun and stun gun on his belt, Sean Flynn stood ready with a smile underneath his sun glasses as new students filtered into the Whisconier Middle School building for a walk-around tour on Tuesday.“This is the best gig in police wor...


Why Connecticut’s top 10 ranking in child well-being may not be all good news

August 18, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the story. Connecticut Public Radio | By John Henry Smith Published August 18, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT Every year, NPR underwriter The Annie E. Casey Foundation produces the Kids Count report. The report ranks states according to the level of well-being enjoyed by their children....


‘Kids Count’ report: CT ranks 7th in the nation for childhood well-being: Housing affordability a low point for the state, national report says

August 8, 2022 •

by Ginny Monk Connecticut improved its national ranking in childhood well-being but still has progress to make, particularly in housing and issues related to economic security, according to an annual report released today. Connecticut was ranked 7th in the nation in this year’s Annie E. Casey Fou...


For the People Podcast – Sen. Tony Hwang / CT Voices / End Hunger Connecticut

July 31, 2022 •

The segment with CT Voices’ Dr. Lauren Ruth begins at 18:43. State Senator Tony Hwang is helping unpack the complexities related to numerous proposed massive health insurance rate hikes under consideration for 2023. So we’ll help explain how you as ratepayers and health insurance consume...


Extended school year program culminates with carnival in Meriden

July 27, 2022 •

MERIDEN — Michael Miller sat on a white board over a blue tank that was filled with water behind Lincoln Middle School Tuesday morning. Miller’s students took turns hurling a ball toward a red target. When the ball hit that target and the board collapsed, Miller and other teachers who sat above...


1 in 4 Connecticut children are part of an immigrant family, and they face financial barriers

July 14, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the story. Nearly 1 in 4 children across the state are part of an immigrant family – and they’re more likely to face financial hardships. That’s according to a recent report by the group Connecticut Voices for Children. The report focuses on the hurdles that immigrant ...


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