Here are some recent examples of the impact of CT Mirror’s work:
- On July 25, 2021 CT Mirror Environment reporter Jan Ellen Spiegel published a story about the challenges climate change is presenting to Connecticut’s farmers. 11 days later Governor Lamont’s office submitted a request to the US Department of Agriculture for an agricultural disaster declaration that could lead to federal relief for Connecticut farmers who sustained damages from Tropical Storm Elsa. While the process of drafting the request had been initiated before our story published Jan’s reporting highlighted the issue and provided context for readers to understand the governor’s request.
- A story from Investigative Reporter Dave Altimari revealed a loophole in state law allowing sex offenders from other states to reside in Connecticut nursing homes. Upon learning about this several lawmakers tried to place removing the loophole on the special session agenda.
- On June 15, 2021 we published story describing how the state’s rules for administering Medicaid require that undocumented immigrants remain in the hospital indefinitely to receive dialysis. Five weeks later Governor Lamont changed that policy.
- Our housing reporting over the last two years was a major driver of the conversations about exclusionary zoning at the capitol and at suburban town council meetings around the state this winter and spring.
- CT Mirror Data Reporter Kasturi Pananjady challenged the state’s initial contention that there was no white / Hispanic inequity in vaccine distribution, which the state ultimately walked back.
- A CT Supreme Court majority opinion on emergency gubernatorial powers during Covid recently cited a CT Mirror story about the state’s economic prospects.
- In this year of federal stimulus, Covid spending, and surprisingly robust tax receipts we continue to publish explanatory journalism about a state budget that has even more moving parts than it usually does.