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Children’s Trust Fund Proposal an Investment in CT Families

Listen to the article HERE. A proposal in Connecticut would create a Children’s Trust Fund, to support a state Child Tax Credit and early child care initiatives. Advocates said the funding is key to make Connecticut an affordable place for families. The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee...

Authors: Emily Scott •  Source: Public News Service • View

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LGBTQ allies applaud Hartford Public Schools amid nurse, threats investigations: ‘Supporting trans youth … is literally lifesaving’

LGBTQ community members and activists commended Hartford Public Schools officials during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the district’s handling of a personnel matter involving a school nurse placed on administrative leave for online comments about LGBTQ students. “I’m here ...

Authors: Seamus McAvoy •  Source: Hartford Courant • View

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A CT mother of four got over $20,000 on her tax refund thanks to pandemic relief

April 15, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Click HERE to listen. Hala Ghali was expecting a tax refund this filing season somewhere around $5,000 or $6,000. But when she found out how much she’d actually be getting back from the government, her jaw dropped. Stacy Downer, her tax preparer and a volunteer with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance...

Authors: Ali Oshinskie •  Source: Connecticut Public Radio • View

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Face the Facts: Pandemic Impact on Child Care Industry

April 9, 2022 • Education & Employment

Click HERE for the video. As of February this year, Connecticut’s unemployment rate stands at 4.9%. That is more than a full point above the federal average. Quality child care continues to be a barrier when it comes to getting parents back into the workforce. The state was in need of 50,000 m...

Source: NBC CT • View

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Who shoulders Connecticut’s tax burden? A proposal would require state officials to provide more details.

April 5, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday gave a boost to legislation requiring more information about who shoulders the state’s tax burden. The General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee voted 36-14 to approve the measure that will likely add to the political debate over tax fairness. I...

Authors: Stephen Singer •  Source: Hartford Courant • View

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Tax relief expected to dominate CT legislature’s budget plan this week

April 5, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

With state government’s coffers overflowing, the legislature’s finance committee is expected to recommend income tax relief for working poor and middle class households, including a new child tax credit. The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee also is expected to dedicate a portion of future ...

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

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Connecticut bills could bring changes to property, income tax calculations

April 4, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Click HERE to watch the video. (The Center Square) – As inflation soars to 40-year highs, Connecticut lawmakers are considering a package of bills that could bring changes to the manner property and income taxes are calculated in the future. This legislative session, the General Assembly is consid...

Authors: Dave Fidlin •  Source: KPVI • View

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DRS Commissioner Mark Boughton says $2 billion of state taxes are unpaid

April 4, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Click HERE to hear the story. The commissioner of Revenue Services says taxpayers are not meeting their full tax liability, and as much as $2 billion in state tax revenue isn’t being collected. The nonpayment or partial payment of tax liability by individuals and businesses, called the “tax gap,...

Authors: Ali Oshinskie •  Source: Connecticut Public Radio • View

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In Connecticut, the child care industry cries out for a fix

April 3, 2022 • Education & Employment

For more than 30 years, Maureen Fontaine has run a licensed child care business out of her home in Fairfield. She came close to retiring in 2020 after losing both her parents to COVID that May, but she decided to stay open. “It was so stressful,” Fontaine said through tears as she recalled all t...

Source: Hartford Courant • View

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Redding parents irked with remarks that special education costs are ‘cheating’ general school budget

REDDING — Some parents expressed frustration this week over how finance board members referenced the increasing “burden” of special education costs on the school district’s budget. The discussion came at a Board of Finance meeting on Monday where the board voted on a $23.8 million school bud...

Authors: Trevor Ballantyne •  Source: NewsTimes • View

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