Policy News

Thursday, July 5, 2018
More Millionaires Than Ever In An Ever Poorer State

HARTFORD, CT -- William Buhler of Cromwell, a retired Co-chair of Legislative Action for CSEA and Paul L. Altieri, Ph.D., an Emeritus Professor of Economics at Central Connecticut State University, comment on the growing wealth in the state, especially in Fairfield County, and the negative impact of this wealth disparity on the State's economy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
More Than 2 Dozen States, Cities Sue To Block Census Citizenship Question

HARTFORD, CT -- New York state is leading a group of 18 states, 10 cities, four counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a lawsuit against the Census Bureau and Commerce Department to try to remove a new citizenship question from the 2020 census questionnaire. It was originally filed April 3, more than a week after California filed a similar lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, and Census Bureau officials. The city of San Jose, Calif., as well as a group of individuals from Maryland and Arizona, have also taken separate legal actions to block the citizenship question. The states joining New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. 

Friday, February 23, 2018
Feds providing CT Schools with Money for New Students from Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, DC -- After months of fighting over aid to last summer’s hurricane-hit communities, Congress finally approved a compromise budget bill earlier this month that will provide millions of dollars to help schools care for displaced students. The budget bill provides $8,500 for each displaced student, $9,000 for each one that is not English-speaking like Nairelys and Jason, and $10,000 for disabled students requiring special education.

Friday, February 9, 2018
Budget deal has plenty for Connecticut

WASHINGTON, DC -- In rare bipartisan agreement, Congress on Friday approved a massive budget deal that will increase federal spending in Connecticut, providing big boosts for the state’s defense industry and health care programs and even helping schools educate displaced students from Puerto Rico. ...A new measure was added to the extenders package that would help Westport’s Newman’s Own Foundation, which gives 100 percent of the profits made from the Newman’s Own food business to charity, but would have been hit with a 200 percent tax this year unless it divested or got the exception.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
The Tax Cuts Are a Bad Deal for Charities

NEW YORK, NY -- Philanthropic organizations have been on edge since Republicans rammed through the monumental tax bill: Will Americans give as generously now that the incentives have completely shifted? Findings suggest that the the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may deal a particularly devastating blow to charities that make up the private social safety net . . .

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