HARTFORD, CT -- Conventional wisdom is that the total price charged by the state and its local governments in Connecticut is one of the most burdensome in the country. A common measure upon which this conclusion is based is the total amount we residents pay in state and local taxes, relative to our aggregate personal income, i.e., our capacity to pay. On this basis, the Tax Foundation tells us that Connecticut ranks either first or second highest in the nation, depending on which of two analytic models it uses. However, taxes are not the only price paid to governments. Residents also pay a number of fees and other charges, separate and distinct from taxes. By Bill Cibes
HARTFORD, CT -- CCP gives updates on civic engagement efforts by Connecticut funders and nonprofits (two events are on October 3, so register today!); and current Federal developments on: the Public Charge for Immigrants; regulations in response to the SALT workarounds; and the Johnson Amendment.
HARTFORD, CT -- Connecticut has repeatedly considered "anti-prison gerrymandering" legislation during the past decade – in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 – but that legislation has failed to pass. A 2013 report by the Prison Policy initiative and Common Cause found that almost half of the state’s prison population comes from the state’s five largest cities, but almost two-thirds of the state’s prison cells are located in just five small towns – Cheshire, East Lyme, Enfield, Somers, and Suffield.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued new rules aimed at preventing taxpayers in Connecticut and other high-income and high-cost states from avoiding a new cap on the deductibility of their state and local taxes. The Internal Revenue Service said in May it would move to thwart the workaround Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California and a number of other states have taken to avoid the new cap on these popular deductions.
Aurora Women’s Leadership Forum: Taking a Seat at the Table
HARTFORD, CT -- In the January 2018 Giving Voice blog post, CCP President Karla Fortunato reports on CCP's series of programs focused on strategies to strengthen community capacity and democracy.
HARTFORD, CT -- CT by the Numbers reports on the Census 2020 and how underfundingf the process can hurt Connecticut. CCP's promotion of the national United Philanthropy Forum webinar is mentioned, as well as, DataHaven's research on the potential impact on Connecticut nonprofits.
HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's update from September 14, 2017 gives information, resources and learning opportunities related to: disaster relief, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Johnson Amendment & Census Funding.
HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's public policy update from the Septeber 7, 2017 ebrief includes information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); a RALLY to Protect Nonprofit Services; and the State Charity Officials Letter to Congress: Keep the Johnson Amendment.
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."