Voices from the Capitol


Minimum wage in CT hits $14 this Friday

June 29, 2022 •

The state’s minimum wage will hit $15 by next year, thanks to a 2019 law. As much of the country is still squeezed by the grips of inflation, some Connecticut residents will see a little relief as of Friday. Beginning July 1, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour from the curr...

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CT Voices for Children: 1 in 4 Connecticut children is part of an immigrant family and they need help

June 28, 2022 •

Advocacy organization Connecticut Voices for Children on Tuesday issued a report with 12 policy recommendations to improve access to early childhood care for immigrant and refugee families. The report, “The State of Early Childhood: Equity of Access for Immigrants and Refugees,” notes that one i...

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Connecticut group calls on policy makers to expand benefits for immigrant and refugee families

June 28, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the ful article. The number of licensed early care and education centers in Connecticut decreased by 12.4% last year, according to a 100-page report released by Connecticut Voices for Children. Emily Byrne, the group’s executive director, said rising costs due to inflat...

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Children’s Trust Fund Proposal an Investment in CT Families

April 25, 2022 •

Listen to the article HERE. A proposal in Connecticut would create a Children’s Trust Fund, to support a state Child Tax Credit and early child care initiatives. Advocates said the funding is key to make Connecticut an affordable place for families. The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee...

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LGBTQ allies applaud Hartford Public Schools amid nurse, threats investigations: ‘Supporting trans youth … is literally lifesaving’

April 20, 2022 •

LGBTQ community members and activists commended Hartford Public Schools officials during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the district’s handling of a personnel matter involving a school nurse placed on administrative leave for online comments about LGBTQ students. “I’m here ...

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Face the Facts: Pandemic Impact on Child Care Industry

April 9, 2022 •

Click HERE for the video. As of February this year, Connecticut’s unemployment rate stands at 4.9%. That is more than a full point above the federal average. Quality child care continues to be a barrier when it comes to getting parents back into the workforce. The state was in need of 50,000 m...

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In Connecticut, the child care industry cries out for a fix

April 3, 2022 •

For more than 30 years, Maureen Fontaine has run a licensed child care business out of her home in Fairfield. She came close to retiring in 2020 after losing both her parents to COVID that May, but she decided to stay open. “It was so stressful,” Fontaine said through tears as she recalled all t...

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Redding parents irked with remarks that special education costs are ‘cheating’ general school budget

April 2, 2022 •

REDDING — Some parents expressed frustration this week over how finance board members referenced the increasing “burden” of special education costs on the school district’s budget. The discussion came at a Board of Finance meeting on Monday where the board voted on a $23.8 million school bud...

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CT child care workers say the system broken for families, caregivers

March 15, 2022 •

Jennifer Quaye-Hudson, external affairs director for Connecticut Voices for Children, speaks at a rally on the New Haven Green for more pay for child care workers and financial assistance for parents on March 15, 2022. NEW HAVEN — About 300 early-childhood caregivers, parents and children rallied ...

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New coalition renews push for more affordable housing in CT

February 14, 2022 •

A new multi-year initiative aims to encourage more affordable housing, reduce segregation and push community revitalization in Connecticut. Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media About 20 organizations have joined a coalition to support a new, multi-year initiative designed to support more afford...

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