Policy News

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 . . .

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Local Nonprofits Worried About Tax Reform Bill

HARTFORD, CT -- Local nonprofits are calling on Congress to reject aspects of the proposed tax reform bill that address changes in charitable giving deductions, and non-profit status, saying they hurt their ability to operate at a time when many are losing state and federal funding.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
CT Nonprofits Fear GOP Tax Overhaul Will Reduce Charitable Giving

WASHGINGTON, DC -- Both the tax bill the Senate hopes to vote on this week and a House-passed tax overhaul would keep the popular charitable deduction, but non-profits say the legislation still would shrink American help to those in need. CT Community Nonprofit Alliance President Gian-Carl Casa says the bills would “devastate” the state’s community based non-profits.

Monday, November 13, 2017
Thousands of Seniors, Disabled and Low-income Residents Losing Care Coverage

HARTFORD, CT -- Roughly 68,000 seniors and disabled residents will lose access to a Medicare financial assistance program Jan. 1, when income eligibility requirements change under the newly enacted state budget. Most people likely won’t know they are losing coverage until they receive written notices next month, according to Rosana Garcia, policy associate at the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, an advocacy group.

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