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[Enotes] New from CT Voices for Children: October 10 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan


Connecticut Voices for Children
October 10, 2006

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



*  Investing in the Early Years:  A Great Return for Kids and for
*  High Quality Education & Training: A Proven Investment in Connecticut's
*  Keeping Children Healthy & Insured Through HUSKY
*  Building Family Economic Security
*  Foster Care: Helping Abused and Neglected Children
*  Reforming Connecticut's Juvenile Justice System
*  Putting Connecticut's Fiscal House in Order
*  Building a Reliable, Fair and Accountable 21st Century Revenue System
*  The Spending Cap Needs Some Repair
*  Federal Budget Cuts Shift Costs Onto Connecticut
*  Child Well-Being Data by Town: 2006


CT Voices for Children has created an "Election 2006: Voter and Candidate
Resource" page on our Web site.

On this page, you can find:
*  A schedule of upcoming candidate debates and forums
*  Possible questions for candidates on issues affecting children and
*  Voter registration and absentee ballot application forms
*  Lists of candidates


On this election resource page are also links to several issue briefs that
CT Voices prepared and distributed to state legislative candidates, as well
as candidates for statewide and federal office.

1. Investing in the Early Years:  A Great Return for Kids and for

This fact sheet finds that Connecticut is falling far short of its vision
that all children begin kindergarten fully ready for school success.  Recent
funding cuts have undermined this commitment, and placed child care centers
under severe financial strains.  The brief makes recommendations for
improving quality and expanding access to early care.

2.  High Quality Education & Training: A Proven Investment in Connecticut's

This brief outlines the benefits of investments in education and training
for our children and economy. However, CT ranks last among all states in
total state and local spending on education as a share of total personal
income, and our educational attainment gaps undermine our economic future.
The brief makes recommendations for more adequate investments in education.

3.  Keeping Children Healthy & Insured Through HUSKY

Cutbacks and program restrictions in the HUSKY health insurance program have
resulted in confusion about eligibility and discouraged eligible families
from enrolling. This brief makes several recommendations for improving the
program and encouraging enrollment.

4.  Building Family Economic Security

This fact sheet outlines of economic security issues as they affect
Connecticut families, including energy, housing, wages, pay equity, and
family assets.  During the past 15 years, Connecticut's middle- and low-wage
families have been losing economic ground. The fact sheet briefly describes
some suggested proven investments in the human capital of the state.

5.  Foster Care: Helping Abused and Neglected Children

This brief finds that by shifting our child welfare service investments into
integrated, community-based, and "front end" preventive services, we'll get
better results for kids, and at a lower cost. Other steps needed to support
youth in DCF care include ensuring high quality legal representation in
child protection hearings, establishing more flexible federal funding rules
that encourage state innovation, and better supporting youth as they "age
out" of foster care.

6.  Reforming Connecticut's Juvenile Justice System

This fact sheet outlines ways in which the state can improve its juvenile
justice system, including returning juvenile court jurisdiction to include
16 and 17 year olds, replacing the CT Juvenile Training School with small,
community-based programs that are more home-like and accessible to families,
eliminating racial and ethnic bias, meeting mental health needs, choosing
less restrictive placements, better responding to the unique needs of girls,
and providing more age-appropriate and specialized services.

7. Putting Connecticut's Fiscal House in Order

This brief suggests ways that Connecticut can avoid past fiscal mistakes,
addressing the state's reliance on one-time revenues, the structural
deficit, under-funding of essential programs, increasing debt, and declining
federal funding. It includes several recommendations.

8.  Building a Reliable, Fair and Accountable 21st Century Revenue System

This brief outlines ways in which Connecticut's state revenue system can
become more reliable, fair, and accountable through measures such as a more
progressive income tax, a state earned income tax credit, preserving the
combined gift/estate tax, reducing our dependence on local property taxes,
and improving disclosure of corporate tax credits and exemptions.

9. 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 inevitably 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.

10.  Federal Budget Cuts Shift Costs Onto Connecticut

An overview of how Connecticut has been affected by recent federal budget
cuts.  While federal cuts have disproportionately harmed programs for
Connecticut's more vulnerable populations, federal tax cuts have largely
benefited the wealthiest taxpayers and have enlarged a federal debt that our
children will have to pay.

11.  Child Well-Being Data by Town: 2006

This data sheet includes data on child and family well-being by town,
including the percentage of children in poverty, median family income,
unemployment rates, children enrolled in HUSKY, preschool attendance,
dropout rates, homeownership, and children with all parents working.

Connecticut Voices for Children
33 Whitney Ave
New Haven CT 06511
(203) 498-4240
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