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Though Connecticut legislators tend to shy away from controversial issues during re-election years, Senate Democrats insisted Thursday that legalization of recreational marijuana use still could be enacted this year if bundled with social justice components.
The plan is at odds with Gov. Ned Lamont, who blocked an income tax surcharge last spring on the investment earnings of wealthy households.
The homeless population has declined by 32% since 2007, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Nonprofit agencies urged Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to steer clear of community-based social services as it seeks to close a small hole in state finances.
Frustration with Gov. Ned Lamont, who won't give struggling nonprofits money from the state $2.5 billion reserve, surged after he urged them to ask more from wealthy donors.
Let's apply the "Myth Busters" TV show's concept to Connecticut's tolls controversy.
Once again, as we begin a new decade, Connecticut’s non-profits are at the mercy of state budget adjustments. One reason is that policymakers do not understand the importance of human services and why they are essential in our (their) communities. Human services are often perceived as charity for people who have not taken advantage of their opportunities, not worked hard enough and made poor decisions. It is believed that it’s their own “fault” that they need help. These assumptions are flat out wrong.
To my white friends here in Connecticut. Here’s a story of how white supremacy and structural racism are passed down to the next generation of our children: Once upon a time... a developer is approved, using some state and federal dollars, to build “affordable” apartments in a predominantly, white wealthy suburban town that borders a predominantly black and brown, low-income city. The apartments are to be located near the border of the two municipalities because zoning in the white town restricts multi-family apartments to only one neighborhood.
Would a Killingly energy plant powered with fracked natural gas have been approved if the Connecticut Siting Council hadn't had three vacant seats last June? I doubt it, but it was, and something needs to be done.
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