Voices from the Capitol


Progressive group says CT income tax is tone-deaf to inflation

January 20, 2022 •

Calls for reforms that would send hundreds of millions of dollars to working class families Connecticut Voices for Children Executive Director Emily Byrne Connecticut officials have ignored for decades the effects of inflation on the state income tax, an oversight that costs low- and middle-income f...

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Progressives urge Lamont to make permanent tax relief for the poor

January 12, 2022 •

While Gov. Ned Lamont touted plans Wednesday to share one-time federal COVID relief funds with Connecticut’s working poor, progressive reformers urged him next to secure permanent relief for low- and middle-income families. But that would require spending the state’s money, not distributing aid ...

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Connecticut Gov. Lamont touts earned income tax credit for low-income residents

January 12, 2022 •

HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont and advocates touted the sharp increase in the earned income tax credit Wednesday that will put more money into needy families’ pockets. Using federal money, Lamont retroactively changed the credit for the 2021 calendar year for more than 200,000 low-income households....

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Progressives to Lamont, GOP: Brace for a debate on tax fairness

January 7, 2022 •

With state government cruising toward an unprecedented surplus just shy of $2 billion, Gov. Ned Lamont and Senate Republicans already announced their goals to cut state taxes. But while the GOP and Lamont — a fiscally moderate-to-conservative Democrat —  are expected to stay within the framewo...

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Report: Thousands of Connecticut children would slide into poverty if enhanced federal tax break expires

December 9, 2021 •

More than 600,000 Connecticut children live in households that could lose millions of dollars in federal assistance next month if Congress remains gridlocked over President Biden’s latest pandemic recovery plan. That’s according to a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities...

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Report: CT’s funding, delivery of special education ‘insufficient, ineffective and inequitable’

December 1, 2021 •

A recent report concluded Connecticut’s approach to special education is inadequate, and students are suffering as a result. Connecticut Voices for Children, a think tank and advocacy group, found the state’s current methods of funding and delivering special education services are “insufficien...

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Fred McKinney (opinion): A golden opportunity to transform CT’s Black and brown businesses

November 13, 2021 •

Fred McKinney (opinion): A golden opportunity to transform CT’s Black and brown businesses Fred McKinney Nov. 13, 2021 “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing, open up the door and I’ll get it myself.” ~ James Brown, The Godfather of Soul Last week’s passage of the $1.2 trillion “h...

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100,000 missing workers: CT’s struggle to regain jobs after the pandemic

October 29, 2021 •

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series, “Connecticut Comeback at a Crossroads,”on Connecticut’s quest to gain economic momentum. Remember “the one percent?” It was the simplest phrase to sum up the most vexing problem ailing the Connecticut and U.S. economies, before the COVID-19 p...

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New report: State’s recovery from pandemic to drag on for years

September 16, 2021 •

On Monday, statewide research group Connecticut Voices for Children dropped an extensive report concluding that “Connecticut’s economy has serious problems.” During the last several years, New Haven and Connecticut have been hit hard financially by the economic shutdown produced by the pandemi...

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Report Shows State Wage Inequality, Sluggish Growth

September 14, 2021 •

A new report shows significant racial inequality in pay in Connecticut beyond the disparities that exist nationwide. According to the 2021 State of Working Connecticut report issued by Connecticut Voices for Children, the typical Black worker in the state was paid 68 cents for every dollar a typical...

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