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December 7, 2018

OP-ED | Wethersfield Police Chief Paints Inaccurate Picture of Youth

by Christina Quaranta | Dec 7, 2018 10:52am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Safety

When something goes wrong in a community, whatever happened to asking its members what they need? Sometimes the answer we hear might be “more police,” or to “lock up the children” in our neighborhoods. But more often than not, when given the option, community folk will say that the answer is to get young people the help they need.

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July 22, 2018

ANALYSIS | Pension Shortfalls Loom Large; 2 Experts Talked Solutions With CCM At June Meeting

by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities | Jul 22, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Opinion | Member Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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Jean-Pierre Aubry, an expert from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and W. Gordon Hamlin, Jr., president of Pro Bono Public Pensions and a 2016 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, gave separate presentations on what was affectionately dubbed the 800 pound gorilla in the room: Public Pensions.

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May 22, 2018

ANALYSIS | Healthcare Questions for Connecticut’s Next Governor

by Ellen Andrews | May 22, 2018 9:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election 2018 | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty

How will Connecticut’s next governor fix the state’s healthcare system?

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May 3, 2018

OP-ED | Take Action on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Reform Before End of Session

by Laura Cordes and Ilse Knecht | May 3, 2018 8:45pm
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety

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The millions of #MeToo stories illustrate the urgent need to do more to support survivors and remove the barriers that keep victims from reporting or staying involved in the criminal justice system.

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March 28, 2018

OP-ED | Converting State Human Service Programs To Community-based Saves Money & Quality Care

by Gian-Carl Casa | Mar 28, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Opinion | Member Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Disability Care | Elderly Care | State Budget

As Connecticut struggles with state budget problems, the leaders of community nonprofits say the State can provide necessary and essential services at a lower cost by converting more state human services programs to community-based services.

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January 2, 2018

OP-ED | The Connecticut Juvenile Training School Is A Symbol

by Abby Anderson | Jan 2, 2018 12:07pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Middletown

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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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April 2, 2017

OP-ED | In Tough Times Local Leaders Unite & Lead

by Joe DeLong | Apr 2, 2017 9:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Education | Town News | Opinion | Member Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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On Jan. 25, during a press conference CCM commissioned to release its report, “This Is Different - Securing the Future Service Sharing and Revenue Diversification for Connecticut Municipalities,” a reporter asked Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin if the General Assembly adopted the recommendations in the report in their entirety, would the city of Hartford be solvent? The Mayor’s answer: “This would put our city in a position to be stable and I think to become vibrant.”

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May 3, 2016

OP-ED | Keeping Connecticut’s Commitments

by Carol Browner | May 3, 2016 9:00am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Jobs | Opinion | Member Opinion

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At a time where the world is moving forward with cleaner, safer energy and lowering the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change, Connecticut is poised to take an important step forward.

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April 21, 2016

OP-ED | Malloy’s New Economic Reality: Money for the Rich, Layoffs for the Middle Class

by Sal Luciano | Apr 21, 2016 5:00pm
Posted to: Equality | Labor | Opinion | Member Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to carry out his austerity budget, rife with mass layoffs of state workers and deep cuts to vital services, it’s helpful to remember that sacrifice and suffering are not shared concepts.

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