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[Enotes] New from CT Voices for Children: April 17 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan

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E-Notes
Connecticut Voices for Children
April 17, 2006

In this issue of E-Notes, you'll find:

A.  STATE AND FEDERAL BUDGET "TRAIN THE TRAINERS" BRIEFING

B.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES
*  Building an Efficient, Reliable and Fair 21st Century Revenue System
*  Increasing Public Disclosure of Corporate Tax Credits: Why It Is
Important & How It Can Be Done
*  The Connecticut Corporation Business Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
*  Connecticut's Personal Income Tax: How It Works and How Connecticut
Compares to Neighboring States
*  Building Family Economic Security
*  Building a Community-Based Children's Mental Health System
*  The Spending Cap Needs Some Repair
*  Ensuring Accountability and Access to Care in the HUSKY Program Through
Independent Performance Monitoring
*  Hospitalization of Children in HUSKY A: 2004

A.  STATE AND FEDERAL BUDGET "TRAIN THE TRAINERS" BRIEFING

The state and federal budgets affect every resident and community in
Connecticut.  This "train the trainers" presentation by CT Voices for
Children will give you the tools you need to educate people in your
community about the impact of state and federal budget proposals and
changes.

Topics will include:
*  Fiscal Outlook
*  Tax & Spending Proposals
*  Budget Processes

When: Tuesday, May 23, 8:45 am Registration, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Program
Where:  Graustein Memorial Fund, 2319 Whitney Avenue, Suite 2B, Hamden
Space is limited.  RSVP to Taly Bialostocki at taly@ctki... or (203)
498-4240 x199.

Flier and details at
http://www.ctkidslink.org/announcement_46.html

B.  NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES


1.  Building an Efficient, Reliable and Fair 21st Century Revenue System

This two-page brief finds that Connecticut's wealthiest residents pay a
smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than do lower- and
middle-income residents. Connecticut's personal income and corporate tax
burdens are also modest relative to other states and to residents' ability
to pay.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_190.html

2.  Increasing Public Disclosure of Corporate Tax Credits: Why It Is
Important & How It Can Be Done

The growing use of corporate tax credits - without legislative review --
results in declining revenues in Connecticut. These credits often become
hidden entitlements and their costs can increase unpredictably without
legislative review. This fact sheets outlines the importance of disclosing
corporate tax credits and options for doing so.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_161.html

3.  The Connecticut Corporation Business Tax: Frequently Asked Questions

This brief addresses common questions and misunderstandings about corporate
taxes and tax expenditures in Connecticut, how Connecticut compares to other
states, and corporations that are subject to taxes.
http://ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_157.html

4.  Connecticut's Personal Income Tax: How It Works and How Connecticut
Compares to Neighboring States

This two-page overview of the state's personal income tax describes how the
tax works, how it affects lower- vs. higher-income households, and how it
compares to taxes in neighboring states.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_221.html

5.  Building Family Economic Security

A one-page outline of economic security issues as they affect families.
About one-quarter of children live in families with incomes below the
self-sufficiency standard, a measure of the income needed to support a
working family based on the state's cost of living. This fact sheet briefly
describes some suggested proven investments in the human capital of the
state.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_183.html

6.  Building a Community-Based Children's Mental Health System

The brief finds that a failure to build a strong, community-based mental
health system has resulted in unnecessary and expensive psychiatric
hospitalizations. It summarizes recommendations for improving children's
mental health services, as well as recent reform initiatives.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_187.html

7.  The Spending Cap Needs Some Repair

This brief discusses ways to repair the state's spending cap. As currently
written, the cap rules mean that public investment will ratchet down with
each successive recession, that "catching up" with funding the state's needs
after a recession is more difficult, and that the state has greater
incentives to borrow and forgo available federal funds.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_191.html

8.  Ensuring Accountability and Access to Care in the HUSKY Program Through
Independent Performance Monitoring

Over 300,000 Connecticut children and parents depend on the HUSKY Program
Part A (Medicaid managed care) for access to preventive care and treatment.
By maintaining independent performance monitoring in the HUSKY program,
Connecticut can ensure accountability for federal and state dollars and for
program changes, as well as data sharing and policy development to improve
public health.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_227.html

9.  Hospitalization of Children in HUSKY A: 2004

About 3% of children and youth in HUSKY A were hospitalized at least once
for conditions other than mental health disorders in 2004. The leading
reasons for hospitalization were respiratory conditions, injuries, and
pregnancy. Timely, high-quality primary care and reproductive health
services could help to reduce avoidable hospitalizations.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_293.html

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New Haven CT 06511
(203) 498-4240
http://www.ctkidslink.org
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