Category: Policy & Research

Research, analysis, criticism and policies on topics of importance to progressive thinkers in Connecticut

Rich are Winners (Of Course) When IRS is Defunded

The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes An eight-year campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist. –The Atlantic–PAUL KIEL, JESSE EISINGER, PROPUBLICA—DEC 11, 2018…

Book Blasts Corporate Cash Influence at Universities

‘How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education’  New book outlines how rich donors have become more assertive about how their money should be used and explores the costs to higher ed. –By Marjorie Valbrun November 2, 2018 A new book about Nike…

Jobs and Economy Supported by Real Pensions!

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIES October 17, 2018   — POSTED BY – TYLER BOND This week, we want to focus on the economics of pensions, the most secure form of retirement savings. Today we want to highlight how public pensions…

WOW! 1/2 $$$ Trillion Less Pay For Women

Women lose $513 billion a year in wages due to gender pay gap and math is worse for some —Charisse Jones, –USA TODAY– Oct. 23, 2018 |  (Photo: Getty Images) Women experience $513 billion in lost wages a year because of the…

SHOCKER! 401Ks Cost More!

WHY DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS COST LESS October 15, 2018  –POSTED BY–TYLER BOND– Today we’re examining why defined benefit pensions cost less than 401(k)-style defined contribution plans. Defined benefit pensions cost less than 401(k)s because they are more efficient. Pensions are group…

Rich Die Old – Poor Die Young in CT

IN A STATE OF GREAT WEALTH, ALL THE HEALTH CARE SOME CAN AFFORD –by Keith M. Phaneuf –October 15, 2018– The CT Mirror– Up until Sally Grossman became pregnant in 2012 at the age of 30, she had been trying…

Connecticut Cuts the Future – How to Kill an Economy

Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity   OCTOBER 4, 2018- BY- MICHAEL MITCHELL —MICHAEL LEACHMAN— KATHLEEN MASTERSON — SAMANTHA WAXMAN A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels. Overall state funding…

Sickening Inequality — CT 3rd Most Unequal State!

Connecticut in Crisis: How inequality is paralyzing ‘America’s country club’ The state is caught in an economic straitjacket and there’s no easy way out By Jared Bennett  July 26, 2018 –Center for Public Integrity Main Street in Bridgeport, the largest city in…