We should not be mandating an unrealistic minimum wage as Rep. Peter Tercyak recently suggested in his advocacy of a bill that would tax large businesses that don’t pay their workers a “living wage.” We should be addressing the root cause of families’ struggles.
Many young adults in Connecticut foster care decline to continue receiving services from a system they view as oppressive because they are desperate for freedom and family. The Department of Children and Families has better options than leaving them potentially homeless and unprepared for adult life.
Corporate education reformers and their fixation with testing are damaging Connecticut’s educational system. The Common Core standards being implemented throughout the state do not give teachers enough input or flexibility in determining curriculum.
If you work a full-time job in Connecticut, or anywhere in the United States for that matter, you should be able to afford the basics you need to live – housing, enough to eat, heat, transportation to work, and a little savings. But every day there are people, mothers, fathers, and grandparents, who work 40 hours a week for some of the wealthiest corporations in this country – Walmart, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts to name a few – and still live in poverty.
My grandmother Nellie Grace arrived in Boston from Ireland in 1909. On the ship manifest she was described as a domestic servant. Many people’s relations have come from similarly humble beginnings. The fabric of Connecticut history is made of many threads, spun from the sweat and blood of working men and women. It’s a shame that we are often not aware of the economic hardships and workplace struggles they endured, for the story of Labor is the story of our families. Labor Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on our roots. It’s also a good time to learn how Connecticut workers first celebrated a holiday created especially for them.
With improvements to the health of the child welfare system under Gov. Malloy’s Administration — and more children in alternative settings to state care — comes the challenge to improve outcomes for the teenagers who make up an increasing share of those who remain in the system.
Central to the mission at Partnership for Strong Communities is to build the political and civic will to prevent and end homelessness. As such, in 2013, the Partnership’s Reaching Home Campaign, partnered with Yale University and the Center for Children’s Advocacy to publish “Invisible No More,” the state’s first-ever comprehensive look at youth homelessness.
Thanks for your recent article “Do public hearings influence what health insurance costs?” Given that Connecticut has the fourth highest healthcare costs and health insurance rates in the US, this is an especially important question for all of us. As leaders in CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut), we have argued for public hearings as part of the rate review process for a number of years.
The enormous unfunded pension liabilities of the State of Connecticut have hardly been discussed so far in the run up to the November gubernatorial election. Nevertheless, the question needs to be raised, for whoever is governor after the November election will inevitably have to reform the state’s employee pension plan or face the possibility of bankruptcy.
For the record, my colleagues and I who support charter schools are deeply disturbed by the scandal surrounding Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) — yet another charter school-related problem of criminal activity allegations. We are upset not only with the idea of anyone misusing public funds, but more selfishly perhaps, we know that we, as charter school overseers, will once again be faced with the challenge of defending our own charter schools and our charter school staffs that have worked year after year without fanfare; who do not misuse public funds; who do not misrepresent their credentials; who truly do make a difference in the lives of our students day after day, year after year.