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

January 20, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

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...

Authors: Keith M. Phaneuf •  Source: Connecticut Mirror • View

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Progressives urge Lamont to make permanent tax relief for the poor

January 12, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

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 ...

Authors: Keith M. Phaneuf •  Source: Connecticut Mirror • View

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

January 12, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

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....

Authors: Christopher Keating •  Source: Hartford Courant • View

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

January 7, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

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...

Authors: Keith M. Phaneuf •  Source: Connecticut Mirror • View

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

December 9, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

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...

Authors: Keith M. Phaneuf •  Source: Connecticut Mirror • View

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

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...

Authors: Cayla Bamberger •  Source: CT Post • View

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Family child care providers step up when schools close

November 27, 2021 • Education & Employment

BRIDGEPORT — When more kids showed up at Norma Stennett’s home on Wednesday of Thanksgiving break, the family child care provider was willing and able to meet the need. Stennett owns and operates a home-based daycare in Bridgeport called Scholastic Renaissance, where she looks after four infants...

Authors: Cayla Bamberger •  Source: CT Post • View

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

November 13, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

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...

Authors: Fred McKinney, Ph.D. •  Source: CT Post • View

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

October 29, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

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...

Authors: Alexander Soule •  Source: The Register Citizen • View

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Campaign continues work to remove SROs from schools

October 11, 2021 • Education, Rights & Justice

The Community First Coalition launched its “Care Not Cops” campaign last month, continuing longstanding efforts to remove SROs from public schools. A coalition of Connecticut youth-led organizations has recently launched a campaign to remove police from public schools and to change the nature of...

Authors: Sarah Cook •  Source: Yale Daily News • View

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