HARTFORD, CT -- The state notified 24 school districts Friday that it will pay for preschool programs the state has historically funded. With no state budget in place for the current fiscal year – and the school year quickly approaching – uncertainty had surrounded whether the state would provide the money it promised district leaders when they expanded or opened new preschool classrooms over the last two school years. The state will provide $3.3 million to continue funding 45 classrooms that will enroll 665 youngsters, mostly from low-income families.
HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's public policy update from July 19, 2017 includes information from the National Council of Nonprofits on "Congress Increasing Efforts to Politicize Nonprofits."
ROCKY HILL, CT -- The Governor's veto of Public Act 17-170, An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure, seeks to ensure that there is continued growth in the stock of affordable housing across Connecticut. Connecticut United Ways support increasing the supply of affordable housing. As part of our work to support ALICE Families, United Way produced an issue brief in 2015 on the challenges many families face in Connecticut paying for housing.
HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's public policy update from April 21, 2017 includes information H.B. No. 7322 with a provision to repeal exemption of nonprofits from the sales tax.
HARTFORD, CT -- Keith Phaneuf of The Connecticut Mirror, reviews the state's current tax plans. The legislature's tax-writing panel is considering a measure that would repeal the sales tax exemption on goods and services sold to nonprofits — a provision that saves these entities more than $200 million per year. Democratic leaders of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee said this proposal, which will go to a public hearing next week, is part of an ongoing exploration of possible widening of Connecticut’s sales tax base.
WASHINGTON, DC -- A broad, nationwide coalition of 501(c)(3) organizations, made up of charitable nonprofits, including religious institutions, philanthropy serving organizations and foundations, delivered a clear message to Congress today: maintain the current law that protects nonprofit organizations from being hounded for partisan political contributions and endorsements. Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is aslo a signer of the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship.