Voices from the Capitol

CT’s minimum wage hike has many poor families heading toward a ‘benefits cliff’

March 12, 2021 •

Connecticut families that rely chiefly on minimum-wage jobs could effectively lose more than half of the pay hikes they will receive by mid-2023 due to the potential loss of state benefits, according to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children. The New Haven-based policy think-tank is als...


Plan To Expand Child Tax Credit Offers Hope Along With Direct Payments

March 3, 2021 •

When her car started making a noise more than a year ago, Chinara Johnson parked the vehicle and hasn’t used it since. As a New Haven mother of 5-year-old twin boys, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, and an 8-year-old daughter, Johnson doesn’t have the money to get the car running properly ...


Connecticut Advocacy Group Presses State To Update Benefit Eligibility In Wake Of Minimum Wage Hike

February 23, 2021 •

Connecticut Voices for Children say there will be unintended consequences for families due to the increase in minimum wage unless the state updates its benefit eligibility criteria. The group released a report that says a small wage increase can lead to a significant reduction in public benefits. Th...


Susan Campbell: New training for real estate agents should improve home ownership equity in CT

January 16, 2021 •

At Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, Democratic representatives (and some Republicans) testified to the president’s incitement of a deadly riot, his lack of remorse, and his abuse of power. A few mentioned white supremacy. The insurgency didn’t just happen, and neither does white suprem...


Campbell: As COVID vaccine is distributed, circle of ‘essential’ workers needs expansion

January 2, 2021 •

If you want to watch a real-time experiment on equality in America, pay attention to the way Covid-19 vaccinations are being distributed. So far, the results have been a little disheartening. The national news is full of bold-faced names posing under the cricket-click of news cameras as they roll up...


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...


Racial disparities persist in CT health care, two groups find

January 15, 2020 •

While Connecticut has led national efforts in public insurance reform, significant health disparities persist between the state’s residents of color and white residents, two research and advocacy groups concluded in reports released this week…....


Funding challenges, political uncertainty muddy ’19 healthcare crystal ball

January 15, 2019 •

An article about predictions for healthcare policy in 2019 that quotes Karen Siegel, Health Policy Fellow.  ...


Report: 21,000 more without health insurance in CT

October 11, 2018 •

An article about our census brief, focused on the loss of health insurance for many Connecticut residents.  ...


Census Shows Uninsured Increasing in CT

October 11, 2018 •

A radio piece about our census brief, with special focus to health care coverage.  ...


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