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Federal Efforts to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic & the Ensuing and Precipitous Economic Downturn

Publication Date: April 24th, 2020 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that outlines the three, large, coronavirus-related Congressional bills to date. The report, entitled “Federal Efforts to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic & the Ensuing and Precipitous Economic Downturn” examines The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-123), which became law on March 6, 2020; The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127), which became law on March 18, 2020; The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136), which became law March 27, 2020; and The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139), which became law April 24, 2020.  This report, in three parts, describes the key provisions of these federal efforts, with emphasis on those most relevant to Connecticut children and families.

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Supporting Connecticut’s Economy: A Program to Manage the Coronavirus Recession and Recovery

Publication Date: April 2nd, 2020 • Emerging Issues, Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that outlines what the state can do to manage a recession and recovery that best supports children and families during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The report, entitled “Supporting Connecticut’s Economy: A Program to Manage the Coronavirus Recession and Recovery,” includes a total of six recommendations. Each recommendation categorized into two buckets: Using Monetary and Fiscal Policy to Support the U.S. Economy, and Using Fiscal Policy to Support Connecticut’s Economy. This report is the first in a series of crisis response reports that will be released over the course of April.

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Connecticut’s Estate Tax: Addressing Wealth & Income Inequality

Publication Date: February 25th, 2020 • Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Michael Enseki-Frank

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled ‘Connecticut’s Estate Tax: Addressing Wealth & Income Inequality.’ Connecticut’s estate tax should be one of the most popular taxes in the state. It is a highly progressive tax that falls solely on the ultra-wealthy and raises millions of dollars for the general budget each year. Despite research that shows the estate tax has no real impact on millionaire outmigration, the myth that it does persists. This report argues that the estate tax is good for Connecticut and refutes common arguments in favor of its repeal. In particular, this report shows that the estate tax helps to reduce economic inequality, it helps to limit a major tax loophole that disproportionately benefits the wealthy, and it provides substantial revenue for the general budget.

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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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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 • Employment & 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 • Employment & 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 • Employment & 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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