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April 1, 2015

OP-ED | False Budget Assumptions = Lots of Pain + Little Gain

by Nora Duncan | April 1, 2015 4:00pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s cuts to home care and respite services are as distressful as they are illogical. That’s because they are based on a false assumption that every cut automatically results in a savings. Not true.

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March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Struggle With Spending Cap

by Christine Stuart | March 26, 2015 12:05pm

Christine Stuart photo Anti-poverty advocates and residents who benefit from the state’s social service programs visited the state Capitol to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against many of the $1.3 billion in spending cuts included in Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget.

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March 11, 2015

OP-ED | Parents Should Not Have To Choose Between Life’s Basic Needs Or Quality Education

by Gwen Samuel | March 11, 2015 7:00pm

Compiled by Gwen Samuels with data from the State of Connecticut,

This weekend, I watched on television as people across the country, mostly of color, gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to remember the civil rights march that occurred there 50 years ago. I reflected on what the march represented for African American parents like me.

While we’ve made progress as a nation, we still have so much farther to go. For me, it represented our ongoing efforts to ensure that people of color and the poor have equitable access to quality opportunities via voting, education, employment, fair housing, and health care.

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February 3, 2015

Budget Director Warns of ‘Very Treacherous Terrain’ Ahead

by Christine Stuart | February 3, 2015 4:18pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes told a group of advocates for children Tuesday that the two-year budget he’s preparing is challenging mostly because there’s so little he can change or control.

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November 28, 2014

OP-ED | Workers Need Rights As Well As Turkey

by Susan Bigelow | November 28, 2014 12:45pm

It’s Thanksgiving time again, which for the last couple of years has meant more and more big box retail stores are open on Thanksgiving itself, and more employees won’t be able to spend the day with their families. It’s a setback in a year that has seen both progress and losses for the rights and security of our most vulnerable workers.

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Who Gives To Charity? It’s Not Who You Think

by Cara Rosner | November 28, 2014 11:34am

Bigger paychecks don’t necessarily lead to greater generosity, according to new data that shows Connecticut’s lowest-income residents donate the largest portion of their income to charity.

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November 24, 2014

Foodshare Needs 1,200 More Turkeys

by Christine Stuart | November 24, 2014 3:02pm

Christine Stuart photo Foodshare in Bloomfield, which plans to distribute 19,896 turkeys for Thanksgiving, is running about 1,200 turkeys shy of where it needs to be to start its distribution on Tuesday.

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November 21, 2014

OP-ED | Looking Beyond Connecticut’s Borders

by Susan Bigelow | November 21, 2014 9:00am

If you live in Connecticut you live with — and surprisingly close to — state borders. In fact, no matter where you go in our state, you’re never more than about 50 miles away from either New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. So why do we continually treat the state lines as if they’re the edge of the world?

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November 17, 2014

United Way Says 35 Percent of Connecticut’s Households Are Struggling

by Christine Stuart | November 17, 2014 6:30am

A new report from the United Way found that about 35 percent of Connecticut households struggle to afford the basic necessities.

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November 12, 2014

Policymakers Look At Two-Generational Approach

by Christine Stuart | November 12, 2014 4:49pm

For the past 50 years the War on Poverty has taken two separate paths. One focuses money on programs for low-income children, and the other focuses money on programs to train low-income adults in the workforce.

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