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Jonathan Kantrowitz

Cutting state taxes to attract entrepreneurs is futile and self-defeating

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by Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Cutting state taxes to attract entrepreneurs is likely futile at best and self-defeating at worst, a new survey of founders of some of the country’s fastest-growing companies suggests. The study, which is consistent with other research, should be required reading for state policymakers The 150 executives […] [Read More]
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More than 500 New York State principals slam Common Core testing frenzy

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by Jonathan Pelto from Wait, What? While Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, and the Connecticut State Department of Education are instructing Connecticut superintendents and principals to mislead and lie to parents in an attempt to scare parents from opting their children out of the standardized testing frenzy, a group of more than 500 […] [Read More]
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Latest Health Research

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This is very good news for me: Physical activity significantly extends lives of cancer survivors Physical activity significantly extends the lives of male cancer survivors, a new study of 1,021 men has found. During the period while the men were followed, those who expended more than 12,600 calories per week in physical activity were 48 […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor must go

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by Jonathan Pelto from Wait, What? Even putting aside the fact that Governor Dannel Malloy’s re-election dreams face an insurmountable hurdle if Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and his gang of corporate education reform industry staff and consultants remain in place, Pryor must go if Malloy and the Democrats are truly interested in improving the […] [Read More]
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Connecticut’s Budget Process Comes in First!

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Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Connecticut, Maryland, and Tennessee do the best job of factoring long-term issues into their budget decisions, according to our major new report (with state-by-state fact sheets), while New Jersey, Oklahoma, and South Dakota do the worst. The report ranked states on their use of ten proven, common-sense budget […] [Read More]
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Connecticut has greater capacity to support public investments in children

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Source: Connecticut Voices for Children As Connecticut faces projected budget deficits and a shrinking portion of the state budget targeted to children and families, a new report comparing Connecticut’s state revenue system to those of other states concludes that the state has additional capacity to support public investments in young people. The analysis by the […] [Read More]
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CT’s Share of State Spending Targeted to Children and Families Has Declined for Two Decades

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Source: Connecticut Voices for Children Over the past two decades, Connecticut has committed less and less of its state budget to young people, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Center at Connecticut Voices for Children. The report finds that spending on the “Children’s Budget” – state government spending that directly benefits young […] [Read More]
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Expanding Medicaid has significant benefits for states

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Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Armed with new data, Virginia’s Medicaid agency estimates that adopting health reform’s Medicaid expansion — which it originally estimated would cost the state $137 million through 2022 — would actually save the state more than $1 billion over that period. That echoes what we’ve said all along: expanding […] [Read More]
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Kids to get more brain-damaging pesticide thanks to Dow’s lobbyists

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Source: Fluoride Action Network The Farm Bill that the House passed yesterday and the Senate will vote on contains a provision that overrides a ruling by EPA that the toxic fumigant sulfuryl fluoride leaves unsafe levels of fluoride on food, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). The aggregate dose that children receive from these residues […] [Read More]
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State of Hunger in America in 2014

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SOURCE: Feeding America Cuts made to SNAP last November increased hardship among many low-income households, and the additional SNAP cuts contained in the proposed farm bill will hit affected families even harder. Food banks are struggling to meet this increased need. Congress and the Administration must protect and strengthen federal food assistance. Here are some […] [Read More]
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