The unsatisfying answer is that the data are limited in what they can show, particularly now.
Could state incentive payments get towns to regionalize services and support a cap on property taxes?
Like many states, Connecticut faces numerous infrastructure problems, largely resulting from a lack of long-term provision for repair and maintenance costs. Much of the country’s infrastructure was built with design-bid-build contracts focused on the cheapest way to build projects, making long-term management more difficult and costly, leading to the “crumbling” conditions seen throughout the country.
Almost half of all low-income and non-Hispanic Black adults have tooth decay that has gone without treatment. Too many families either don’t have coverage or can’t afford to pay for dental care because it takes money away from everyday survival. These social determinants are very real for the nearly 60 million Americans who don’t have access to dental care.
The Connecticut Mirror is one example of a new form of nonprofit (tax exempt) news site that has emerged throughout the country over the last decade in locations where traditional for-profit print newspapers have failed or are failing because they cannot sell enough advertising to stay in business. The numbers are significant. I am an enthusiastic supporter of these news organizations, and you should be, too.