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BEST OF 2022: Save or spend? Connecticut legislators could upend budget rules in 2023

December 31, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Sept. 26, 2022. Read more of CT Mirror’s “Best of 2022” stories here. In the five years since state officials legally tied their own hands when it comes to spending, Connecticut has amassed more than $3 billion in budget reserves and used...

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

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Could CT lawmakers give another boost to the minimum wage?

With Connecticut soon to join 18 other states with a minimum wage linked to inflation or labor costs, Connecticut lawmakers have yet to signal whether they are considering any additional increase to the base rate for 2024 or beyond. Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise a dollar next...

Authors: Alex Soule •  Source: CT Insider • View

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BEST OF 2022: Connecticut’s government was once broke. Is it now holding too much cash?

December 22, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

2017 legislative leaders Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, and Senate Republican leader Len Fasano in 2017, before they reached an agreement on a “volatility adjustment” that would be key to the state’s ...

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

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Children’s Advocacy Group Rallies Against Additional Payments To Pension Debt

December 16, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Instead of focusing solely on renewing the child tax credit, Connecticut Voices for Children want the state to stop making additional payments to the underfunded state pension system because they say it increases income inequality. In its annual budget presentation, done this year via Zoom, the gro...

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

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Progressives to CT: Prioritize tax relief over paying off debt

December 15, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Progressives to CT: Prioritize tax relief over paying off debt Connecticut Voices for Children renews call for higher taxes on wealthy to help fund tax relief for poor, middle class State government has been dedicating billions of dollars in recent budget surpluses to whittle down pension debt it li...

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

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‘We’re at a precipice’ child advocate says as Connecticut’s child tax rebate is set to end

December 15, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

There’s growing concern about the future of children across Connecticut. That’s according to the gathered advocates and the Connecticut speaker of the House, Matthew Ritter, at the annual Voices for Children State Budget Forum. In May of 2022, Connecticut funded the first ever state-level chi...

Authors: Emily Caminiti •  Source: Connecticut Public Radio • View

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Equitable tax policy needs to be part of Connecticut’s budget, children’s group says

December 15, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Connecticut Voices for Children wants the state government to fund a child tax credit to work toward fixing racial, ethnic and class tax inequality. Dr. Patrick O’Brien, the group’s research and policy director, said income inequality exists “pre-tax” in the state and is made worse by tax re...

Authors: Molly Ingram •  Source: WSHU • View

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Tax Reformers Target Film Credit

December 15, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

Tax Reformers Target Film Credit...

Authors: Thomas Breen •  Source: New Haven Independent • View

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States advance child tax credits as Congress deliberates

December 14, 2022 • Fiscal & Economics

States take a new look at a tax break that lifted millions out of poverty. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) has proposed offering up to $1,200 in tax credits for children under 6. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Lawmakers in Connecticut, New York and several other states want to expand tax breaks for f...

Authors: Sophie Quinton •  Source: Pluribus News • View

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Report: School Officers Don’t Make Students Feel Safer

A new report shows the presence of police officers in school settings contributed to more referrals to law enforcement, particularly for students of color. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children analyzed data from the 2017-2018 school year and found the risk of arrest was five times highe...

Authors: Emily Scott •  Source: Public News Service • View

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