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Experts say the pandemic gives Connecticut an opportunity to make big advances in clean energy -- and reap the profits.
All but unnoticed as coronavirus tears through – the New England power grid is without 75% of its nuclear power.
Regulators say the state’s two biggest electric utilities are dragging their feet on developing rules for the shared solar program.
While the governor celebrated a deal to develop New London harbor and an offshore wind center, the partisan battle over Connecticut’s quasi-publics intensified.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is often described as a cap-and-trade program. It’s not. This first-in-the-nation regional effort to lower carbon emissions from power plants is actually a cap-and-invest program.
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Connecticut is one of the most racially segregated states in the country, both geographically and economically. Unlike most states, property taxes fund almost all our local costs – particularly our schools. That means that towns with greater poverty must raise their taxes to extraordinary rates to cover basic services, and that vast educational inequities, even in neighboring towns, go unaddressed.
What manager would make a public deal to protect someone who steals, participates in domestic violence, discrimination, sexual harassment, excessive force and a host of other nasty actions that betray the public trust? Precious few. But right now, these backroom deals are crafted every day – on the taxpayer’s dime. And it’s time for it to stop.
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity had a grip on Connecticut. In 2018, the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey found that 13 percent of Connecticut adults had not had enough money to buy food at some point within the last year. Adults living in households with children were even more likely to report not having enough money for food.
When COVID-19 closed Connecticut schools, students in affluent and predominantly white districts transitioned effectively to e-learning within days, while students in low-income, immigrant, and predominantly Black and brown districts missed weeks of educational instruction. Racism and white supremacy --manifesting in racially segregated schools in our state-- have created this system of glaring inequity.
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