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Gov. Malloy Announces $1.6 Million Federal Bonus for SNAP Food Aid Program

CAFCA | January 24, 2018 |

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1.6 million performance bonus to the State of Connecticut for being among the top states for enrolling eligible households in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). “The Department of Social Services and its partners have done a great job in bringing food assistance to eligible residents through the federally-funded SNAP program,” Governor Malloy said. “The award of federal performance bonus dollars in recognition of this success will be reinvested to make the program even stronger.”

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CT gains 6,000 jobs in December

CAFCA | January 22, 2018 |

Connecticut gained 6,000 non-farm jobs in December, but its unemployment rate remained constant at 4.6 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Monday. Over the 2017 calendar year, non-farm employment grew by 7,700 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The jobless rate reflects not only those employed, but also those deemed to be actively seeking employment. “December job growth ended the year on a better note than in previous months,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at the labor department. The private-sector accounted for all of December’s job growth, adding 6,000 positions. Connecticut now has recovered 91,000 of the 119,100 jobs it lost in the last recession, or 76.4 percent. The private sector now has regained 107,900 out of 111,700 jobs lost, or 96.6 percent.

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Connecticut’s Budget Is Still In The Red After Latest Revenue Estimates

CAFCA | January 16, 2018 |

HARTFORD, CT — Not counting the one-time windfall the state appears to have received from changes to the federal tax law, Connecticut’s revenues are still in the red by $260.1 million this fiscal year and $282.8 million in the next fiscal year. That’s according to the latest estimates from the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Policy and Management. Connecticut received a $675 million windfall from residents making early payments on their personal income taxes and from the repatriation of off-shore hedge fund income. However, an estimated $665 million of that will be transferred to Connecticut’s Rainy Day Fund based on new budget language that requires it.

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HRA back in action, helping people displaced by hurricanes

CAFCA | November 21, 2017 |

Just a day after distributing hundreds of turkeys to needy city residents, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain helped families displaced by hurricanes get the services and support they need. “The primary purpose of today is to begin to build a relationship with the hurricane evacuee families that entered our communities,” said Marlo Greponne, the HRA’s director of planning and programs, Tuesday afternoon. Greponne said that, while many families were coming here from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many were not contacting social service providers like the HRA. which could help them adjust to life in the city.

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CT budget deficit crosses emergency action threshold

CAFCA | November 20, 2017 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy intensified pressure on the legislature Monday to come into special session to repair the new state budget, projecting a $203 million deficit that exceeds a key risk threshold. But while Malloy may now have to develop a deficit-mitigation plan, it remained unclear whether legislators would meet to resolve the shortfall before the regular 2018 session begins on Feb. 7. The governor, who warned lawmakers last month that he feared the budget they were crafting was not in balance, projected the deficit in his monthly report to Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo.

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Donations to keep Osgood food pantry open through December of 2018

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Thanks to donations from individuals and community organizations, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s food pantry will stay open for another year. The HRA recently received funding from the American Savings Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and a slew of private donors to help keep its Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue operating through December 2018.

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In rural areas, access to health services increasingly challenging

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Connecticut’s rural residents die at higher rates than their city and suburban counterparts and a large percentage of those deaths may be preventable if better public health programs or better access to health care services were available, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Care4Kids resumes enrollment, but won’t reach previous highs

CAFCA | November 10, 2017 |

With the number of families receiving help to cover the costs of child care reaching record lows, state lawmakers this week celebrated an announcement that the state will start enrolling children on the wait list. However, opening the wait list does not guarantee that every applicant whose income qualifies them for help will receive a Care4Kids subsidy. Currently, there are an estimated 8,654 children on the wait list. The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is projecting it will enroll 5,192 new children in the program, which is designed to help with child care expenses so parents can work. The additional spots will not bring enrollment even close to its historically highs, however. There were 8,200 fewer children getting Care4Kids help in September than in each of the five previous Septembers – a 43 percent drop.

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'That Was Our Great Hope': DACA Recipients Worry About Future, Dreams

CAFCA | September 06, 2017 |

For 16 years, Vania Galicia and her family have been hoping that they might be able to buy a house, but they couldn’t do it because of their undocumented status. But when Galicia and her brother and sister received DACA status several years go, Vania, a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University, said it gave them hope that they would be able to work and build up the credit they would need to eventually qualify for loans to buy a house. “That was our great hope, but now it’s shaky,” Galicia said Tuesday as she gathered with other students outside the student center at Eastern.

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Malloy Sees No Quick Resolution As Budget Stalemate Continues

CAFCA | August 30, 2017 |

Gov.Dannel P. Malloy spoke pessimistically Wednesday about the state budget — rejecting any increase in the state income tax and saying he does not see any quick resolution to the monthslong stalemate. During a one-hour meeting with The Hartford Courant’s editorial board, Malloy said that cities and towns need to tighten their belts because the state can no longer afford to keep sending them millions of dollars every year.

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