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Scanlon Proposes $600 Child Tax Credit to Bolster Federal Aid

March 29, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Connecticut last week to tout the American Rescue Plan, the federal COVID-19 aid bill that will bring billions in funding to the state. Her visit came with a particular focus on the new federal child tax credit, which will bring a $3,000 yearly benefit per child ...

Authors: Anna Elizabeth •  Source: CT Examiner • View

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LISTEN: Why Winning The Fight For 15 Can Feel Like Losing

March 18, 2021 •

Connecticut lawmakers passed a bill two years ago that gradually increases the state minimum wage to levels that will peak in 2023 at $15 per hour. At first glance, that seems like a win for working people. But Lauren Ruth, research and policy director with Connecticut Voices for Children, has co-au...

Authors: John Henry Smith •  Source: WNPR • View

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CT’s minimum wage hike has many poor families heading toward a ‘benefits cliff’

Connecticut families that rely chiefly on minimum-wage jobs could effectively lose more than half of the pay hikes they will receive by mid-2023 due to the potential loss of state benefits, according to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children. The New Haven-based policy think-tank is als...

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

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Advocates Prefer Ending School Officer Program To Studying It

March 10, 2021 • Rights & Justice

Advocates for children are offering tepid support for a bill that would require the state Department of Education to study the role of School Resource Officers throughout Connecticut. Several agencies including the Center for Children’s Advocacy and the state Office of the Child Advocate told the ...

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

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Plan To Expand Child Tax Credit Offers Hope Along With Direct Payments

March 3, 2021 • Health & Housing

When her car started making a noise more than a year ago, Chinara Johnson parked the vehicle and hasn’t used it since. As a New Haven mother of 5-year-old twin boys, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, and an 8-year-old daughter, Johnson doesn’t have the money to get the car running properly ...

Authors: Lisa Backus •  Source: The Connecticut Health I-Team • View

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Connecticut Advocacy Group Presses State To Update Benefit Eligibility In Wake Of Minimum Wage Hike

February 23, 2021 • Health & Housing

Connecticut Voices for Children say there will be unintended consequences for families due to the increase in minimum wage unless the state updates its benefit eligibility criteria. The group released a report that says a small wage increase can lead to a significant reduction in public benefits. Th...

Authors: Clare Secrist •  Source: WSHU Public Radio • View

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Senate leader pitches new state property tax on high-value homes: Revenues from this, capital gains tax, would bolster needy communities

January 26, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Connecticut’s tax fairness debate took another leap forward recently when the Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat proposed new taxes on high-value homes and on the capital gains of the state’s highest earners. Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, also said his caucus hopes to...

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

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Proposal would give CT poor, middle class families largest tax break in years

January 19, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Low- and middle-income families with children would receive their largest state income tax break in nearly a decade under a new proposal to be unveiled Tuesday by the new co-chairman of the legislature’s tax-writing panel. The new child tax credit proposed by Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, would p...

Authors: Keith M. Phaneuf •  Source: CT Post • View

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State Rep. Scanlon launches tax fairness debate with proposed $450M break for poor, middle class families

January 19, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Low- and middle-income families with children would receive their largest state income tax break in nearly a decade under a new proposal to be unveiled Tuesday by the new co-chairman of the legislature’s tax-writing panel. The new child tax credit proposed by Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, would p...

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

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Susan Campbell: New training for real estate agents should improve home ownership equity in CT

January 16, 2021 • Health & Housing

At Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, Democratic representatives (and some Republicans) testified to the president’s incitement of a deadly riot, his lack of remorse, and his abuse of power. A few mentioned white supremacy. The insurgency didn’t just happen, and neither does white suprem...

Authors: Susan Campbell •  Source: Greenwich Time • View

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