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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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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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2023 Legislative Summary

Publication Date: June 26th, 2023 • Affordable Housing, Criminal Legal System Reform, Employment & Education, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D.; Sana Shah, M.S.; Eli Sabin; Nick Teeling; Emily Byrne, M.P.A.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “2023 Legislative Summary.” The document provides a high-level review of the bills our organization supported this session. While a number of other bills passed both chambers of the General Assembly, and countless others were proposed, it’s important to note that this document only includes the bills that we submitted testimony on during the public hearing process and/or tracked from the beginning to the end. Each section enumerates these bills in numerical order, starting with House bills then Senate bills. Lastly, we want to acknowledge that our successes are a result of deep community partnership with values-aligned people, organizations and coalitions who showed up every week in myriad ways this legislative session. Although there are too many to name—you know who you are—THANK YOU.

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The Employment Situation in Connecticut – April 2023

Publication Date: June 9th, 2023 • Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new publication, “The Employment Situation in Connecticut – April 2023.” This publication is part of a series of short, monthly briefs that provide a snapshot of Connecticut employment. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, we are providing an overview of employment status in the U.S. and Connecticut by major demographic group, which no other organization in Connecticut currently provides on a monthly basis. We are also providing an overview of the change in total nonfarm employment in the U.S. and Connecticut as well as the change in nonfarm employment by major sector in Connecticut.

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The Employment Situation in Connecticut – March 2023

Publication Date: April 24th, 2023 • Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new publication, “The Employment Situation in Connecticut – March 2023.” This publication is part of a series of short, monthly briefs that provide a snapshot of Connecticut employment. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, we are providing an overview of employment status in the U.S. and Connecticut by major demographic group, which no other organization in Connecticut currently provides on a monthly basis. We are also providing an overview of the change in total nonfarm employment in the U.S. and Connecticut as well as the change in nonfarm employment by major sector in Connecticut.

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The Employment Situation in Connecticut – February 2023

Publication Date: April 18th, 2023 • Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new publication, “The Employment Situation in Connecticut – February 2023.” This publication is part of a series of short, monthly briefs that provide a snapshot of Connecticut employment. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, we are providing an overview of employment status in the U.S. and Connecticut by major demographic group, which no other organization in Connecticut currently provides on a monthly basis. We are also providing an overview of the change in total nonfarm employment in the U.S. and Connecticut as well as the change in nonfarm employment by major sector in Connecticut.

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