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‘Kids Count’ report: CT ranks 7th in the nation for childhood well-being: Housing affordability a low point for the state, national report says

by Ginny Monk Connecticut improved its national ranking in childhood well-being but still has progress to make, particularly in housing and issues related to economic security, according to an annual report released today. Connecticut was ranked 7th in the nation in this year’s Annie E. Casey Fou...

Authors: Ginny Monk •  Source: Connecticut Mirror • View

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Investment Needed for CT Children to Thrive, Report Says

August 8, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Click HERE to listen to the article.  Edwin J. Viera, Monday, August 8, 2022 More investment is needed across Connecticut to support the economic well-being and education of children, according to a new annual report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book finds the number of c...

Authors: Edwin J. Viera •  Source: Public News Service • View

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For the People Podcast – Sen. Tony Hwang / CT Voices / End Hunger Connecticut

July 31, 2022 • Education & Employment

The segment with CT Voices’ Dr. Lauren Ruth begins at 18:43. State Senator Tony Hwang is helping unpack the complexities related to numerous proposed massive health insurance rate hikes under consideration for 2023. So we’ll help explain how you as ratepayers and health insurance consume...

Authors: John Voket •  Source: For the People • View

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Extended school year program culminates with carnival in Meriden

July 27, 2022 • Education & Employment

MERIDEN — Michael Miller sat on a white board over a blue tank that was filled with water behind Lincoln Middle School Tuesday morning. Miller’s students took turns hurling a ball toward a red target. When the ball hit that target and the board collapsed, Miller and other teachers who sat above...

Authors: Michael Gagne •  Source: Record-Journal • View

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Increasing Minimum Wage Sparks Controversy

July 27, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

As of July 1st, the Connecticut minimum wage was raised to $14/hour as part of a 5-year plan to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2023. The primary goal of the law was to provide Connecticut residents with wages that they could survive on. It was seen as especially important for low-income famil...

Authors: Sarah Klepack •  Source: Connecticut By The Numbers • View

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Stefanowski is tying Lamont to rising costs. But do governors have a role in fighting inflation?

July 18, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

With rising prices squeezing Connecticut families to the tune of hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month, inflation has become key fodder for Republicans seeking to make inroads across Connecticut, especially in the closely-watched rematch between Gov. Ned Lamont and rival Bob Stefanowski. Ste...

Authors: John Moritz, Jordan Nathaniel Fenster •  Source: CT Post • View

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1 in 4 Connecticut children are part of an immigrant family, and they face financial barriers

July 14, 2022 • Education & Employment

Click HERE to listen to the story. Nearly 1 in 4 children across the state are part of an immigrant family – and they’re more likely to face financial hardships. That’s according to a recent report by the group Connecticut Voices for Children. The report focuses on the hurdles that immigrant ...

Authors: Brenda León •  Source: Connecticut Public Radio • View

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Groceries, gas and real estate: Here’s how CT families are being affected by inflation and what can be done to improve the economy

From milk and eggs to rent and home heating oil, Connecticut families are paying more now than they were a year ago. Connecticut — like the rest of the nation — is experiencing the worst year-over-year inflation in a generation, and experts say that though generalized statistics are instructive,...

Authors: Jordan Fenster, John Moritz •  Source: CT Post • View

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CT lawmakers want a closer look at inequality, and now the law demands it

June 30, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

With gas prices soaring, stocks faltering, inflation at a 40-year high and a recession looming, Connecticut lawmakers are forcing the state to look more closely at inequality. Whoever wins this fall’s gubernatorial election cannot, by law, propose a new budget without showing how it addresses rac...

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

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Minimum wage in CT hits $14 this Friday

The state’s minimum wage will hit $15 by next year, thanks to a 2019 law. As much of the country is still squeezed by the grips of inflation, some Connecticut residents will see a little relief as of Friday. Beginning July 1, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour from the curr...

Authors: Daniel Figueroa IV •  Source: CT Insider • View

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