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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 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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Impact of the FY 2020-2021 Appropriations and Finance Committee Budget and Revenue Proposals on Children and Families

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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While the state budget proposals by the General Assembly protect many programs that serve children and families from budget cuts, rigid and counterproductive budget rules are starving schools, infr

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Even with Modest Capital Gains Tax, Wealthiest Would Pay Average of $36,000 Less in Taxes After Trump Tax Cuts

Publication Date: April 25th, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Jamie Mills, J.D.

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Connecticut faces a $4 billion deficit over the Fiscal Years 2020-21 biennial budget.

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A Balanced Approach to Revenues: Ensuring Fairness and Adequacy

Publication Date: April 24th, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Jamie L. Mills, J.D.

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As the General Assembly develops its biennial budget facing a $4 billion deficit, Connecticut Voices for Children urges legislators and the Governor to adopt a balanced approach by adopting revenue

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Connecticut’s Estate Tax Brings Needed Revenues and Enhances Fairness

Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
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Connecticut’s estate tax is an important source of revenue for the state, raising $223.8 million in Fiscal Year 2018.

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Impact of the Governor’s FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: March 12th, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Rachel Silbermann. Ph.D., Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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Connecticut’s long-term fiscal health and economic growth depend on policies that improve equity and support our most vulnerable families and children.

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Connecticut’s Radical New Budget Rules: Locking in Decreased Investment in our State for the Next Decade

Publication Date: March 11th, 2019 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Rachel Silbermann. Ph.D., Sam Whipple, and Jamie Mills, J.D.

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Faced with increasingly difficult decisions in crafting the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 biennial budget, the Connecticut General Assembly found itself at an impasse.

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