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“Voices” Think Tank Targets Tax Code

December 8, 2020 • Fiscal & Economics

A New Haven-based think tank Tuesday proposed three fixes for a regressive tax system that disproportionately burdens working- and middle-class families: higher income tax rates on top earners, new taxes on capital gains and mansions, and expanded property and earned income tax credits. Those propos...

Authors: Thomas Breen •  Source: New Haven Independent • View

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Child advocacy group calls for major tax shift to close ‘highly unjust’ income, wealth gaps

December 8, 2020 • Fiscal & Economics

A leading child advocacy group challenged Connecticut officials Tuesday to shift up to $1.4 billion per year in state and local tax burdens from low- and middle-income households and onto the rich. Connecticut Voices for Children used its annual budget forum to protest what it describes as a regress...

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

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Report Urges Detention Alternatives Funded By Cost-Savings

November 6, 2020 • Rights & Justice

A child advocacy group is recommending that state officials place fewer youth in detention and instead fund community support programs that reduce crime and prevent kids from entering the criminal justice system. The state could save as much as $106.21 per child, per day, if fewer kids were placed i...

Authors: Lisa Backus •  Source: CT News Junkie • View

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Report: Conn. Income Inequality Outpaces U.S., Holds Back Children Of Color

September 30, 2020 •

Advocates for children say Connecticut needs to confront the state’s rising income inequality with a “sweeping, antiracist” program. A report released Wednesday by Connecticut Voices for Children says racial discrimination and loss of worker power are defining features of the state’s eco...

Authors: Sabrina Garone •  Source: WSHU Public Radio • View

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Income Inequality Spikes In State

September 30, 2020 •

$3,092,389: That’s the average yearly income for the top 1 percent of Connecticut households —  41 times what the average household in Connecticut makes. These findings cpme from an annual report released Wednesday by Connecticut Voices for Children (CT Voices). Titled “The State of Workin...

Authors: Rabhya Mehrotra •  Source: New Haven Independent • View

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Campbell: Will coronavirus pandemic change plight of poor families?

May 2, 2020 •

It may be time to say goodbye to the Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus. Malthus was an 18th century economist and statistician who circulated interesting (and eventually discredited) theories about poverty and population. Boiled down, Malthus thought poor people had too many children (whom they couldn’...

Authors: Susan Campbell •  Source: The Middletown Press • View

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Child Care Centers Buckling Under Coronavirus, Experts Say

April 21, 2020 •

COVID-19 has worsened what advocates call a child care crisis in Connecticut. Connecticut considers child care an essential service, so most child care centers have stayed open. But advocates and officials say COVID-19 is exhausting a fragile industry in which many centers have closed or laid off wo...

Authors: Davis Dunavin •  Source: WSHU Public Radio • View

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Economic Policy Institute: More Than 180 Groups Sign on Letter Urging U.S. House, Senate Leadership to Pass $500 Billion in Unrestricted Aid to States, Territories, Local Governments

April 14, 2020 •

WASHINGTON, April 14 — The Economic Policy Institute issued the following news release: Over 180 organizations across the United States, including the Economic Policy Institute, signed a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging them to quickly pass $500 billion in unrestricted aid...

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CT Voices: Recession Likely, Depression Preventable

April 2, 2020 •

Spend now. Tax the wealthy later. Connecticut Voices for Children delivered that straightforward message Thursday during a virtual press conference at which the advocacy group released details from its latest report. The report put forward several recommendations on how the state and federal govern...

Authors: Emily Hays •  Source: New Haven Independent • View

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CT Voices: State should tap reserves now to expand workforce, provide pandemic relief

April 2, 2020 •

Connecticut officials should use budget reserves now to expand pandemic relief efforts and hire more employees to deliver services, according to a new report Thursday from Connecticut Voices for Children. The New Haven-based public policy research group also repeated its call for a major state tax o...

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

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