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Scanlon forces Lamont to keep focused on tax fairness, relief for middle class: State budget forces administration to conduct tax fairness study

June 29, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Gov. Ned Lamont blocked Rep. Sean Scanlon’s push this year for a major state income tax cut for Connecticut’s middle class. But Scanlon made sure — through the new state budget Lamont signed last week — that Lamont won’t be forgetting it any time soon. The two-year budget will force the ad...

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

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Child Advocates In Connecticut Want The COVID Child Tax Credits To Be Permanent

June 21, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

A Connecticut child advocacy group wants a permanent expansion of the federal tax credit that gives direct payments to eligible low income parents. A report released early this year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that Connecticut’s slow recovery from the Great Recession meant that low in...

Authors: Ebong Udoma •  Source: WSHU • View

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Treasurer Wooden’s Baby Bonds Proposal Makes History

June 18, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

The first-of-its-kind program directly addresses the racial wealth gap while investing in the state’s long-term economic growth. Press release from the Treasurer’s Office: June 18, 2021 Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden celebrates Connecticut making history by passing CT Baby B...

Authors: Treasurer Wooden's Office •  Source: • View

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Sen. Chris Murphy, others reintroduce legislation to increase counselors in schools

A Connecticut politician is proposing federal legislation to prioritize resources for counselors — before police — in schools. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., with colleagues in the Senate and House, is reintroducing The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, which directs billions in federa...

Authors: Cayla Bamberger •  Source: NewsTimes • View

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Baby Bonds Bill Passed to Aid Savings for Low-income Families

June 15, 2021 • Fiscal & Economics

Connecticut children born into low-income families are poised to receive a government-funded savings account that could provide them with as much as $10,600 by the time they turn 18. The legislature approved the proposal on Wednesday as part of the general bonding bill, which still needs to be signe...

Authors: Emilia Otte •  Source: CT Examiner • View

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Comparing minimum wage to the cost of living in every state

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, a rate that has not gone up since 2009. As the current wage stagnates, its purchasing power erodes against inflation. The average living wage today—defined as an income threshold that provides basic shelter and food and keeps a person above the poverty ...

Source: The Citizens • View

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Editorial: CT must explore role of police in schools

A candid debate over assigning police officers to schools is overdue in Connecticut. Like the best debate topics, this is not an easy one. The impulse in some quarters to expel police as a backlash against law enforcement would be inappropriate. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, a flurry of maj...

Authors: The Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board •  Source: Stamford Advocate

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