by Adina Gianelli
We have a problem in the state of Connecticut, a problem as stunning as it is abhorrent, as urgent as it is fixable. That problem is one of road safety.
According to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, an estimated 311 car crash-related fatalities occurred throughout our state in 2016, a four year […]
by James C. Smith
Formulating definitions for key spending cap terms and holding the line on exemptions from the cap in the name of fiscal responsibility will have a significantly positive impact on businesses’ willingness to invest here and on our state’s socio-economic future. Our success depends on the state’s ability to create a […]
by Jacob S. Hacker
Distrust in public institutions is a broad cultural trend. It is whipped up in popular entertainment and reinforced by a news media that sometimes seems to relish treating every person and organization as equally venal. Distrust in government, we have seen, is also, however, spread systematically, deliberately, and relentlessly—by GOP leaders who […]
by David Slossberg
In a first-of-its kind decision in Connecticut, the state has granted a municipality’s petition to revoke the basic level transport license of its national ambulance provider and reassign that license to its superior municipal fire department. This pioneering effort was championed by the City of Milford, which now benefits from complete municipal […]
Connecticut was reeling, from 49 teen-driver-related deaths in 2006 (among more than 5,000 nationally), and then seven teen fatalities in six weeks during August and October 2007. Connecticut’s governor, a grandmother herself, had had enough, and appointed a task force to overhaul our state’s teen driver law.
The Connecticut task force recommended, the legislature accepted, […]
by Melissa Harris
Four months in, it still feels a bit strange when I come home after dropping off the kids at school. I’d been a full-time employee for 14 years—Going to work meant going somewhere else, not back home.
But here I am, at home, working. And I am so grateful.
My children are […]
by Valerie Dugan
It used to be, when I was young, that a trip to the local mall was a real treat, with lunch at the food court and perhaps a Disney movie in the plush new cinemas. In summer we could cool off with ice cream, and before Christmas, we’d enjoy the trees and […]
by Jamie Merisotis
I was raised in Manchester. My father arrived in Connecticut almost 70 years ago after serving his country in World War II. Although he and my mother never made it to college, they instilled a strong belief in the value of education. Two generations of us – most still living here – […]
by John R. Koza
The state-based winner-take-all system no longer serves the citizens of the country and we must act to reform it now.
The fact that it appears the winner of the 2016 election, Donald Trump, was not supported by a majority of voters dictates that we elect our next president by popular vote. […]
In Connecticut, a person born today can expect to live an average of 80.8 years, the third highest life expectancy in the nation.
However, there are significant disparities in life expectancy between racial and ethnic groups. Life expectancy is 89.1 years for Asian Americans; 83.1 years for Latinos; 81.0 years for Whites, and 77.8 years […]
by Jeffrey S. Bravin
This is a pivotal time for the American School for the Deaf.
In April, we celebrate 200 years of deaf education in the United States and ASD’s bicentennial anniversary. While much has changed since our early days, ASD’s dedication to providing a quality education for all deaf and hard of […]
by Carol Buckheit
What role do philanthropic funds supporting women’s and girls’ causes play in creating change in Connecticut communities? Increasingly, a big one.
According to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the first women’s fund in Connecticut was established in 1993, formed to gather and distribute dollars to improve the lives of women and girls […]
by Derek Thomas and Ray Noonan
During the past 15 years, Connecticut’s economy has experienced a “job swap” – jobs lost in high-wage industries were replaced with jobs gained in low-wage ones.
As a result, from 2001 to 2015, the share of Connecticut’s private sector jobs in low-wage industries increased by 20 percent, while the […]
by Don Klepper-Smith
Today, as I look out over our economic landscape in mid-2016, and given recent developments, I believe there is enough evidence to suggest that the odds of a U.S. recession over the next 12-18 months have risen to roughly 30-40 percent.
During our last recession, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) […]