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Reforming Connecticut’s Tax System: A Program to Strengthen Working- and Middle-Class Families

Publication Date: January 15th, 2020 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that examined the state’s income and wealth inequality and the state’s regressive tax system that exacerbates these inequalities.  For at least the last 75 years, Connecticut has violated the first principle of taxation by disproportionately taxing its working- and middle-class residents. In response to these findings, Voices has developed a set of recommendations that focus on tax fairness. Designed to be ‘revenue neutral,’ the proactive recommendations seek to reverse the state’s regressive and inequitable tax system and, if implemented with urgency, will ensure the health of our state economy for years to come.

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Finding Your Voice: Supporting the Self-Advocacy of Youth in the Care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Publication Date: January 7th, 2020 • Rights & Justice
Authors: Jessica Nelson, Ryan Wilson, Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that examined the importance of supporting self-advocacy skills for youth in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). After conducting extensive research using interviews, focus groups and surveys, the study finds evidence that youth in State care are more likely to fall behind on a number of metrics including education, housing, and college persistence. In response to these findings, Voices has developed recommendations that focus on changes to policy, programs, and employment practices as well as modifications in State law and funding to support these modifications. By establishing strong self-advocacy skills, Connecticut’s youth in care will be better prepared to address the challenges of being in care and have more confidence to strive towards their goals for the future.

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Advancing Health Equity for Connecticut’s Children and Families Through Health Systems Transformation

Publication Date: • Health & Housing
Authors: Karen Siegel, M.F.A., M.P.H.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘Advancing Health Equity for Connecticut’s Children and Families Through Health Systems Transformation’ that reveals health reform efforts have the potential to improve health equity dramatically, yet evaluations of early models suggest a risk that reforms may widen racial and ethnic disparities in health unless equity is thoughtfully and measurably embedded. Changing our systems to mitigate the impacts of racism and the disproportionate burdens faced by children of color—such as higher rates of economic hardship and increased exposure to traumatic events—can have lifelong impacts that reach across all aspects of our society.  The report includes a series of proposals to center health equity in health system transformation.

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Lack of State Funding Raises Risk of an Inaccurate 2020 Census Count

Publication Date: October 30th, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Michael Sullivan, MSW

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘Census 2020: Lack of State Funding Raises Risk of an Inaccurate 2020 Census Count’ that reveals the likelihood and heightened risks of an inaccurate count during the 2020 Census. In response to these findings, CT Voices is urging state leaders to prioritize statewide planning and investment in Census outreach and education to ensure our state isn’t impacted by the far-reaching consequences of an undercount to residents, state and local governments, dozens of federal and state programs and benefits, as well as Connecticut’s democracy and economy.

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2019 HUSKY Eligibility Manual

Publication Date: September 26th, 2019 • Health & Housing
Authors: Karen Siegel, M.P.H.

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The HUSKY Eligibility Manual for children and families is a tool created by ‘Covering Connecticut’s Kids and Families’, a state-wide coalition of organizations enrolling Connecticut families in the HUSKY program since 1999. It is designed to serve as a reference for advocates, providers, outreach workers, and community-based organizations who work with families.

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Connecticut’s Middle Class is Smaller, Less Inclusive

Publication Date: September 25th, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Susana Barragan; Michael Enseki-Frank

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘The State of Working Connecticut’ that examined the status of the state’s workforce and found evidence that Connecticut’s middle class is smaller and less racially and ethnically inclusive than before the 2007 economic downfall.

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2019 Legislative Session Review

Publication Date: July 18th, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Ellen Scalettar, J.D., Susana Barragan, & Jessica Nelson

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While the status quo state budget plan approved by policymakers did not offer many bold new investments in children and families, other policy changes approved during this year’s legislative

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Impact of the Final FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Ellen Scalettar, J.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Karen Siegel, M.P.H; Sharon Langer, J.D.

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The state’s final biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 could be characterized as a status quo budget.

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Connecticut’s Early Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers in Crisis

Publication Date: June 6th, 2019 • Education
Authors: Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.

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Connecticut families need and deserve a strong and reliable early care and education system.

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Connecticut’s Volatility Cap: Frequently Asked Questions

Publication Date: May 23rd, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Ellen Scalettar, J.D. and Sam Whipple

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The volatility cap in the Connecticut state budget imposes a threshold for certain types of revenue, above which any excess must be deposited into the Budget Reserve Fund (BRF) and excluded from ge

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