Category: Policy & Research

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

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…

New Study – Invest in kids = BIG REWARDS

The Effects of Universal Preschool in Washington, D.C. Children’s Learning and Mothers’ Earnings By Rasheed Malik Posted on September 26, 2018, Center for American Progress Getty/Amanda Voisard A 3-year-old stands with her aunt during her first day of prekindergarten, August 2011, in Landover,…

Maternity Leave — Unions Help You Get It!

Labor Unions Help Employees Take More Paid Maternity Leave Union-represented working mothers are at least 17 percent more likely to use paid maternity leave than comparable nonunion working mothers Facilitating working mothers’ use of paid maternity leave is a key…

Top 10 Ways to Raise American’s PAY

The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay There is now widespread agreement across the political spectrum that wage stagnation is the country’s key economic challenge. Wages for the vast majority of American workers have stagnated or declined since 1979—and wage stagnation’s reach has broadened…

FREE Public College — Stop the Debt!

By – Jen Mishory, Senior Fellow,  The Century Foundation Connecticut Like in New Jersey, it is expensive to pay full freight at a community college in Connecticut. The state has increased their tuition and fees at community colleges by approximately 30 percent…