Policy News

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
IRS Releases EZ Application for Charity Status

WASHINGTON, DC -- Against the wishes of several nonprofit associations and charity regulators, the Internal Revenue Service has introduced a short form for small organizations to file for tax-exempt status. Instead of having to file a 26-page application form, would-be nonprofits with gross revenue of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are now eligible to file a three-page application. Some nonprofits, such as hospitals, colleges, and universities, would not be eligible to use the new form, called the 1023-EZ. About 70 percent of new applicants, the IRS predicts, will be eligible for the short form.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
State Releases Report on Charitable Response to Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

HARTFORD, CT -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein released the Sandy Hook Report on the overwhelming charitable response to the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The report evaluates information provided voluntarily by organizations engaged in fundraising related to the tragedy, provides a quantitative analysis of survey responses and identifies ways that state regulators and the nonprofit community can partner and collaborate to provide transparency, bolster donor confidence, consolidate resources and increase coordination.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Governor Malloy Signs Bills Establishing the Office of Early Childhood and Moving Connecticut Toward Universal Pre-Kindergarten

HAMDEN, CT -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood, Myra Jones-Taylor, State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, state legislators and local officials, this afternoon signed two bills at the Helen Street School in Hamden that will expand pre-kindergarten for the state’s three and four-year-olds, add dyslexia as a primary specific learning disability for children requiring special education, and formally establish the Office of Early Childhood.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
GOP blocks tax breaks bill

WASHINGTON, DC -- Senate Republicans blocked progress on an $85 billion tax package on Thursday amid deep anger aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.