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Report: Policy Options to Alleviate CT’s Eviction Crisis

March 21, 2023 • Health & Housing

Click HERE to listen to the interview. A recent report examines Connecticut’s eviction crisis and addresses some solutions to it. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children finds 39% of renters in the state who were not current on rent payments felt they would be evicted in the next two...

Authors: Edwin J. Viera •  Source: PNS • View

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Report Highlights ‘Eviction Crisis’

March 10, 2023 • Health & Housing

Toward the end of last year, 39% of Connecticut renters who were not current on their rent payments felt they were likely to face displacement due to eviction in the next two months. That’s according to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children. The report, which is the first in a two-pa...

Authors: Christine Stuart •  Source: CT News Junkie • View

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Guiding Policy: ISPS Hosts State Politicians, Scholars, and Journalists to Discuss Data-Driven Decision-Making

March 2, 2023 •

Good decisions require good data. On Monday, Connecticut politicians, journalists, and scholars gathered at Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) to discuss the new policy landscape in the state and how scholars and students can help inform policy decisions at the Capitol in Hart...

Authors: Rick Harrison •  Source: Institution for Social and Policy Studies • View

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Child tax credit, additional hospitality funds among ideas by lawmakers seeking to help CT families, restaurants

February 27, 2023 • Fiscal & Economics

HARTFORD — In an attempt to help families, senior citizens and restaurants, state legislators debated a panoply of tax proposals Monday as they try to find the right mix as they balance the state’s budget. With the state rolling up surpluses in recent years and another surplus of $1.3 billion p...

Authors: Christopher Keating •  Source: Hartford Courant • View

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Tenants fight to lower security deposits, hold landlords accountable on maintenance

February 23, 2023 • Health & Housing

Click HERE to watch the story. After a hearing earlier this week on capping rising housing rents, state lawmakers heard even more Thursday about renters’ rights. Specifically on security deposits and landlord housing maintenance. “It’s so frustrating,” said Quanishe Flippen, a te...

Authors: Mark Sudol •  Source: News 12 • View

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CT film tax credit: Some want to cut it, some want more

February 15, 2023 • Fiscal & Economics

After New Jersey raised its credit to 35% last year, CT advocates want to go further. “My phone would be ringing off the hook.” Lawmakers are weighing competing proposals to change Connecticut’s tax credit program for the film and media industry as local producers, crew and actors say they’r...

Authors: Erica E. Phillips •  Source: CT Mirror • View

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State Treasurer Erick Russell talks CT Baby Bonds and policy priorities

February 8, 2023 • Fiscal & Economics

LISTEN • 49:00 This hour on Disrupted, we’re taking a look at Connecticut fiscal policy. Connecticut State Treasurer Erick Russell is the first openly gay Black person to be elected to statewide office in the country. We talk to Russell about his take on Connecticut’s finances and th...

Authors: Kevin Chang Barnum, Emily Charash, Wayne Edwards, Khalilah Brown Dean, Meg Dalton, Catie Talarski •  Source: CT Public / NPR • View

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Many eyes on CT budget, which must address inequalities

Connecticut legislators will look through a different lens Wednesday when Gov. Ned Lamont proposes the next state budget. For the first time in state history, the governor must demonstrate what that plan will do to address longstanding inequalities in education, health care, housing and economic opp...

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

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Conn. Voices for Children pushes for mental health funding over school resource officers

February 1, 2023 • Rights & Justice

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Schools throughout the country are looking for ways to make schools safer. In Connecticut, local leaders are looking to do that without increasing school resource officers. A press conference will be held here at the capital later today to discuss ways to improve the edu...

Authors: Jillian Andrews •  Source: WTNH • View

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Students call for more transparency around school resource officers

February 1, 2023 • Rights & Justice

In most Connecticut school systems, you’ll find school resource officers. But on Wednesday, students and racial justice groups called for more rules – and more transparency – around how police operate in schools. “Back in 2019, a group of out-of-district police officers were buzzed into ...

Authors: John Craven •  Source: News 12 • View

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Join us for our 2023 First For Kids

DATE: April 13, 2023

TIME: 4:30 – 7pm (program begins promptly at 5:30pm)

LOCATION: Pond House Cafe, West Hartford