Voices from the Capitol


Weigh In at Online Forum: Make CT Tax System More Fair

October 12, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the story. A group that advocates for low- and middle-income families in Connecticut says there must be ways to make the state tax system more fair. A community budget forum this Thursday, will focus on the impact of Connecticut’s tax system and labor policies on famili...

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Save or spend? CT legislators could upend budget rules in 2023

September 26, 2022 •

CT has saved $9 billion since 2017, but some say the budget constraints need to be loosened In the five years since state officials legally tied their own hands when it comes to spending, Connecticut has amassed more than $3 billion in budget reserves and used nearly $6 billion in surplus to reduce ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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Facing $60 million loss, CT lawmakers plead with Congress to boost funding for energy assistance programs

September 1, 2022 •

State lawmakers this week sought additional money from Congress to cover an anticipated $60 million funding gap for the state’s low-income energy assistance program, which began accepting applications for the upcoming winter on Thursday. The gap — which represents more than 40 percent of the pro...

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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....

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‘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...

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Investment Needed for CT Children to Thrive, Report Says

August 8, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the article.  Edwin J. Viera, Monday, August 8, 2022 More investment is needed across Connecticut to support the economic well-being and education of children, according to a new annual report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book finds the number of c...

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