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Constrained by guardrails, legislative session looms

January 30, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics

Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a three-part series about Connecticut’s fiscal guardrails and their impact not only on state reserves and debt, but also core programs like education and health care. Part 1: Since 2020, state government has deposited $1 out of every $5 into its pension...

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

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CT’s baby bonds program bridges wealth equity gap, but can be expanded, new report says

January 30, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics

Eddy Martinez FILE: New Haven alderwoman Ellen Cupo holds Hana Feldman’s baby during a press conference, July 2023 marking Connecticut’s start of a baby bonds program. Connecticut’s Baby Bonds program is in the midst of its first year for qualifying families. A new study by child advo...

Authors: Abigail Brone •  Source: CT Public • View

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Child advocates push for permanent CT Child Tax Credit this legislative session

January 26, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics

LISTEN • 1:04 Scott Eisen/ Getty FILE: New Hampshire parents and other supporters gather outside of Senator Hassan’s Manchester office to thank her for child tax credit payments and demand they be made permanent on September 14, 2021 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Child welfare advocates Ch...

Authors: Abigail Brone •  Source: CT Public • View

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Progressive policy group urges CT to expand tax relief for families

January 25, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics

CT Voices For Children estimates a new child tax credit would help more than 80,000 kids living in poverty A progressive policy group urged state legislators Thursday to stem worsening income and wealth inequality — particularly among racial and ethnic lines — by establishing a new state income...

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

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CT Voices Call for Zoning Reforms and Renter Protection to Curb Cycle of Evictions and Homelessness

January 17, 2024 • Health & Housing

Connecticut Voices for Children called Wednesday for a series of zoning and land use policy changes as well as greater protection for renters in an effort to break a “vicious cycle” of evictions and homelessness exacerbated by the state’s deficit of affordable housing. The nonprofit think ta...

Authors: Hugh McQuaid •  Source: CT News Junkie • View

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CT advocates call for zoning reform to encourage affordable housing developments

January 17, 2024 • Health & Housing

Housing advocates are once again calling on Connecticut lawmakers to change restrictive zoning laws and promote affordable housing development. Their newest report, “Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut,” explores the state’s struggle to keep up wi...

Authors: Molly Ingram •  Source: WSHU • View

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Black and Latino Connecticut residents face greater chances of losing their homes, new report says

January 17, 2024 • Health & Housing

Black and Latino residents in Connecticut face higher chances of losing their homes as well as getting evicted across the state. That’s according to a report released this week by the Connecticut Voices for Children, an advocacy and research organization based in New Haven. The report shows the...

Authors: Eddy Martinez •  Source: CT Public • View

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Report: CT early childhood education needs improvements

January 17, 2024 • Education & Employment

Play Child advocates feel early childhood education must be a top-of-mind issue for Connecticut lawmakers. A new report found early learning in the state is dogged by high costs to parents, low wages for staff, and other issues. Federal pandemic funds bolstered the flailing system for a time. Sin...

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

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CT DCP Adult Use Cannabis – CT Voices for Children – SustainableCT

January 14, 2024 • Education & Employment

Click below to hear the story This week marked the one-year anniversary of Connecticut launching its legal adult-use cannabis marketplace, so we’ll connect with a spokesperson from the agency overseeing that program to look back on year one, and give us some insight on how this marketplace wil...

Authors: Radio Story - For the People •  Source: Radio Story - For the People • View

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Connecticut families face growing barriers to Early Childhood Education

January 11, 2024 • Education & Employment

Connecticut families are having a harder time accessing early childhood education opportunities. Rising costs, few openings, and an overtaxed industry are forcing families to find other ways to care for their children. According to a local children’s advocacy organization, this is a problem for ch...

Authors: Tricia Ennis •  Source: Inside Investigator • View

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