by Barth Keck | Feb 1, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Poverty | Hartford
William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” — a quote that has morphed into the modern adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
The Jan. 17 Connecticut Supreme Court decision overturning Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukhawser’s ruling on public education is a case in point.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Communities, Not Court Decisions, Will Improve Connecticut’s Schools" »
by Bhumika Choudhary | Jan 30, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health | Poverty
HARTFORD, CT — The U.S. Senate on Monday fell short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward with debate on a Republican bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation
(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.
She’s not the only one.
Continue reading "Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor" »
by Abby Anderson | Jan 2, 2018 1:07pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Middletown
As we’ve consistently said during the two-year period since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut’s prison for boys, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), would close, the goal should not be simply to close a building. In fact, in many ways CJTS is a symbol. It symbolizes what we believe about youth, their capacity to change, and their worth.
In calling for CJTS to close, we are NOT calling for the kids to simply be released home or to be kept in pre-trial detention. We are calling for the development of a juvenile justice system that works for even the most challenging youth with the most unacceptable behaviors.
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by Susan Bigelow | Dec 14, 2017 11:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety
Of all the failures of our systems that led to the death from malnutrition of Matthew Tirado, a nonverbal autistic boy from Hartford, the judicial hearing held in December 2016 is what sticks with me. The Department of Children and Families argued to close Matthew’s case, without providing any evidence for why, and the judge agreed. The hearing took less than a minute. Two months later, Matthew was dead.
This week the Office of the Child Advocate, an essential watchdog agency that reviews cases like this, released its report on Matthew. It’s a hard read; Matthew and his younger sister suffered years of abuse. It culminated in their mother locking cabinets so Matthew couldn’t eat — she claimed he would eat until he made himself sick. He was forced to eat oil and ketchup and what he could find in the garbage, getting worse and worse until his reluctant mother, who knew he was starving, finally called for medical help. It was too late. Matthew died two hours later.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Matthew Tirado’s Lesson: Disabled Children Need a Voice & DCF Must Change" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 13, 2017 1:21pm
Posted to: Energy | Equality | Nonprofits | Poverty
HARTFORD, CT — Energy prices have crept back up over the past year and widened the energy affordability gap in Connecticut.
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by Peter Urban | Dec 1, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Town News | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes | White House
A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.
A Senate Republican proposal to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federal declared disasters.
Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have raised concerns about eliminating the deduction but as Democrats who oppose the overall bill, they have little chance to amend it. The bill remains under debate and Republican leaders are focused on making changes to insure that the Senate Republican majority can approve it without the need for any Democrat support.
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by Jack Kramer | Nov 14, 2017 1:13pm
Posted to: Federal Budget | Health Care | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol
HARTFORD, CT — It only took a few minutes Tuesday for the Senate to unanimously approve adjustments to the bipartisan budget it passed in late October.
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by Susan Bigelow | Oct 5, 2017 6:50pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | The Economy | Equality | Opinion | Poverty | Religion
I traveled through the north of Scotland with my mother in the beginning of September, and while we did pass through a stark and forbidding room labeled “UK Border” and passed around money that said “Bank of England,” there was a sense of being somewhere distinct and different from the United Kingdom.
Continue reading "OP-ED | No Divorce More Final: When Nations Split Apart" »
by Susan Bigelow | Sep 21, 2017 5:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Jobs | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Tribes | Bridgeport | Mental Health Care
I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.
Continue reading "OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers" »