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2024 Candidate Briefing Book

Publication Date: June 13th, 2024 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice, Tax Reform
Authors: Carmen N. Clarkin, MPH, Research & Policy Associate; Patrick R. O’Brien, Ph.D. Research & Policy Director; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D. Research & Policy Director; Emily Byrne M.P.A. Executive Director; Nick Teeling, Advocacy Deputy Director; Eli Sabin, Legislative Coordinator; Carla B Abdo-Katsipis, Ph.D. Research & Policy Fellow; Rachel Diaz, MPH, Health Policy Intern; and Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D. Research & Policy Fellow with Partnership for Strong Communities

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report titled, “2024 Candidate Briefing Book.” Designed to provide a snapshot of helpful research and data for Connecticut residents and candidates running for political office this election cycle, this document extends the issues undergirding our broad vision toward economic justice and our specific aim of eradicating child poverty and advancing family economic security–we call this strategy the Connecticut Families Plan. First elevated in January of 2022, the Connecticut Families Plan seeks to put more money in the pockets of hardworking families, build a strong and diverse workforce, create more affordable housing in every town across the state, and ensuring every zip code has safe and healthy communities. Due to the lingering impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, this “Book” may be viewed in tandem with our Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022, which was published in July of 2020 and the 2022 Candidate Briefing, which was published in June of 2022.

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Cost and Distributional Analysis of CT’s Film Industry Tax Credits

Publication Date: March 20th, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Cost and Distributional Analysis of CT’s Film Industry Tax Credits,” which examines the economic efficacy of Connecticut’s film industry tax credits. Given the state’s limited financial resources, the report recommends eliminating CT’s film industry tax credits and utilizing the savings to provide immediate relief for low- and middle-income families through the implementation of a state-level child tax credit.

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Overview of the 2023 CT Tax Incidence Study

Publication Date: February 26th, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Overview of the 2023 CT Tax Incidence Study,” in response to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services’ (DRS) “2023 Connecticut Tax Incidence Study,” published on February 14, 2024. This new publication examines the 2023 Tax Incidence Study, provides a summary of key findings and offers policy recommendations to improve tax transparency and make Connecticut’s tax system progressive through revenue-neutral tax reform.

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23rd Tax & Budget Forum – CT Child Tax Credit

Publication Date: January 25th, 2024 • Fiscal & Economics, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released two reports in coordination with our 23rd Tax & Budget Forum.  Both reports encompass research and data on supporting the economic well-being of Connecticut’s families and children; however, one report provides an Overview of the CT Child Tax Credit and the other report provides an Overview of the CT Baby Bonds. Each report highlights how income and wealth equity policies are integral to eradicate poverty and advance family economic security.

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23rd Tax & Budget Forum – CT Baby Bonds

Publication Date: • Fiscal & Economics, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released two reports in coordination with our 23rd Tax & Budget Forum.  Both reports encompass research and data on supporting the economic well-being of Connecticut’s families and children; however, one report provides an Overview of the CT Child Tax Credit and the other report provides an Overview of the CT Baby Bonds. Each report highlights how income and wealth equity policies are integral to eradicate poverty and advance family economic security.

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Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut

Publication Date: January 17th, 2024 • Affordable Housing, Health & Housing
Authors: Samail Adelaiye, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut.” The report completes a housing arc from last year by providing a deeper dive on the eviction crisis in Connecticut and expands our view to include foreclosures and homelessness. We specifically look at how our state’s restrictive land-use and zoning leads to the increased displacement of renters and homeowners as well as provide policy recommendations that would mitigate displacement.

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The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations

Publication Date: January 9th, 2024 • Early Childhood Education & Care, Employment & Education
Authors: Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis, Ph.D.; Lauren K. Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations.” This report continues the arc of our past three SOEC reports with a specific focus on children with special needs. Our recommendations in this SOEC report mirror the those by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care.

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State of Working Connecticut – 2023

Publication Date: September 6th, 2023 • Employment & Education, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released its annual report examining “The State of Working Connecticut.” This report, which provides a detailed overview of Connecticut’s labor market, provides policy options to support Connecticut’s economy and workers in four broad categories: housing, justice, employment, and taxation.

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Rolling Boulders Uphill: Rethinking Reentry Wage and Policy Barriers Will Benefit Connecticut’s Communities and Economy

Publication Date: August 21st, 2023 • Criminal Legal System Reform, Employment & Education
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Rolling Boulders Uphill: Rethinking Reentry Wage and Policy Barriers Will Benefit Connecticut’s Communities and Economy.” The report focuses on employment options for people with criminal legal system involvement seeking to reenter the workforce during a period of low unemployment and worker shortages nationwide. In publishing this report, we hope to help policymakers make decisions regarding reentry programs and policies.

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Addressing Connecticut’s Eviction Crisis: Policy Options for Medium- and Long-Term Reforms

Publication Date: July 17th, 2023 • Affordable Housing
Authors: Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D.; Madeline Sale, M.P.H.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Addressing Connecticut’s Eviction Crisis: Policy Options for Medium- and Long-Term Reforms.” This report, the second in a two-part series, focuses on important measures that can be taken in the medium- and long-term to address housing affordability. The first report in the two-part series focuses on important measures that can be taken in the short term to protect tenant households.

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