A public hearing on how to reform Connecticut’s tax system evolved Wednesday — at least in part — into a critique of the $1.3 billion tax hike built into the two-year state budget legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy approved earlier this summer.
A 1970s Democratic power broker who schooled a generation of politicians and played crucial roles in the election of Ella T. Grasso as governor and the redevelopment of downtown Hartford. Carbone was 78.
The panel studying Connecticut’s tax system got some sobering news Wednesday morning in separate reports detailing the state’s struggle to recover from the last recession and the challenge of closing the wealth gap between the cities and wealthy suburbs.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates released Wednesday indicate that the uninsured rate fell in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 2013 to 2014. Connecticut was one of six states that, along with Washington D.C., had an uninsured rate at or below 7 percent.
The Board of Regents, the governing board for the state’s largest college system, is set to vote Thursday on proposed new pay scales that align future employees’ salaries with the market and limit how much the system’s 297 non-unionized staff can be paid. They will also vote on exempting present employees who are paid over the scale, though raises for them would eventually be limited starting in 2018.
The recent report from the Office of Child Advocate states that the vast majority of children and youth at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and Pueblo have “histories of trauma, abuse, neglect, complex psychiatric disorders and special education needs.”
It then goes on to detail the use of isolation and restraints as behavior management strategies or for discipline even in non-emergency situations. I want to start by saying those charged with rehabilitating and treating this vulnerable population face difficulties and challenges. But are cycles of punishment that go nowhere and only harm our youth any better? I say no, and I offer an alternative: operating from an understanding of the impact of trauma.