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Posted inCT Viewpoints

Minimum wage jobs cannot adequately support families in Connecticut

It is clear that minimum wage jobs cannot adequately support families in a state like Connecticut. The Federal Poverty Level, ­which is used widely in determining eligibility for various kinds of assistance, for a family of three is $20,160 and for a family of two is $16,020. The time is now for Connecticut to join the national chorus for fair wages across the board. Empirical evidence shows that when we increase our wages, the median income goes up.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Prison gerrymandering should end in Connecticut

In the two years since I left York Correctional Institution, I’ve earned a reputation for having an opinion on anything related to prison. Shifting inmates to hospitals instead of prisons? Don’t bother – the treatment in both are the same. Ban the Box? Nice start – but doesn’t go far enough. Our Governor, Dannel Malloy, is the ultimate criminal justice reformer? Not really, at least not yet. On prison gerrymandering – the practice of counting prisoners in the town in which they are incarcerated instead of their hometowns for the U.S. census – I have an opinion, too; the phenomenon should be called something else.

Posted inHealth

A push for more data on how insurers cover mental illness

Mental health practitioners, advocates, insurance companies and the Connecticut Insurance Department agree on the need for data to determine whether stories of people struggling to get coverage for mental health care are isolated incidents or signs of a deeper problem. But they disagree on a legislative proposal that one proponent says would require collecting data “essential” in making that determination.