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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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