Should we cut our state income tax by 1%?

Posted on April 25, 2022

Our state budget is projected to have a $2 billion surplus for the fiscal year ending June 2022. The surplus primarily results from the large federal grants received last year. The legislature and the administration have more than a few ideas to deal with this situation. Here are the details:

Is this surplus temporary or permanent? The current budget surplus results from a few different factors – first, the performance of stock markets and resultant capital gains. Second, large grants from the Federal

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Should CT expand Medicaid to undocumented immigrants?

Posted on April 18, 2022

The vast majority of Connecticut Human Services spending goes towards Medicaid, which in CT is called the Husky Health program. Here is how the program works and a critical bill we are discussing this year regarding the program.

Husky Program Basics: The Husky health program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and the State Legislature sets the underlying rules for the program. Each year the legislature debates and modifies various aspects of coverage of the Husky

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State Rep. Harry Arora: School funding, curriculum mandates, construction grants

Posted on April 11, 2022

Thank you to all who provided feedback on my last email regarding zoning bills advanced by the Housing and P&Z Committee. This week, I outline the key bills that the Education Committee has favorably reported to the General Assembly.

HB 5038, the administration’s  education bill modifies education grants formula amongst other provisions. The state provides school operating funding and construction grants to towns. The operating grants are based on an Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, which allocates

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Should the state impose local zoning mandates?

Posted on April 4, 2022

Dear friends and neighbors,

There are four bills proposed in committees that deal with new statewide zoning rules and affordable housing mandates on towns. Legislators from big cities and housing advocates are the proponents. These bills face widespread opposition from many communities as they would result in high-density developments and congestion in quiet neighborhoods. Here is the status of these four bills.

HB 5429 imposes mandatory zoning of 15 units per acre in a half-mile area around

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