Voices from the Capitol

Lamont’s CT budget plan falls short of social service providers’ requests

February 8, 2024 •

The proposal includes modest investments in early child care, mental health care, homelessness outreach and staffing at prisons Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year invests in early childhood development, mental health care, outreach to the homeless and prison staffing. B...


The search for innovative solutions to women’s economic insecurity in Connecticut

November 29, 2023 •

LISTEN • 49:00 1 of 3 Disrupted host Khalilah Brown-Dean hosted a panel discussion at Quinnipiac University on November 14, 2023, discussing the economic inequities women face. From left to right: Khalilah Brown-Dean, host of Disrupted; Karen DuBois-Walton, President of Elm City Communities;...


2023 Kids Count report: Where does CT rank in child well-being?

June 14, 2023 •

Connecticut’s 9th place ranking in the annual Kids Count report is a drop of two places from last year Connecticut was ranked 9th in the nation on child well-being in an annual report released Wednesday, with a need for more affordable child care and a static poverty rate among the factors that le...


Report: CT Children Need Health, Education Investments

June 14, 2023 •

Click HERE to listen to the article. Investments in education and health are needed to bolster Connecticut’s children, a new annual report found. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book, the state’s overall ranking for child well-being has slightly declined in the...


Many eyes on CT budget, which must address inequalities

February 7, 2023 •

Connecticut legislators will look through a different lens Wednesday when Gov. Ned Lamont proposes the next state budget. For the first time in state history, the governor must demonstrate what that plan will do to address longstanding inequalities in education, health care, housing and economic opp...


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...


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...


Can daycares stay open during the COVID-19 crisis? Connecticut says yes.

March 27, 2020 •

As COVID-19 spread like brushfire through New Haven, Tennille Smalls was faced with a weighty decision: whether or not to keep her daycare open. After all, infants and toddlers touch everything and constantly put toys in their mouths. Most of them don’t yet understand how to sneeze or cough into a...


Opinion: All children and families deserve better than this

February 3, 2020 •

We are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the revised public charge regulations. This rips the very fabric of who we are as a state and a country. All children and families —whether born in the United States or not— deserve better than this. This is a devastating r...


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