Monday, February 6, 2023


Fare-free public transit benefits Kansas City residents and businesses; farmers prioritize food, not feed in the 2023 Farm Bill; and a new survey: students want a more diverse inclusive curriculum.


The Democratic National Committee votes to shake up the presidential primary calendar, President Biden gets a better than expected jobs report before his second State of the Union, and lawmakers from both parties question the response to a Chinese data gathering balloon.


Is bird flu, inflation or price gouging to blame for astronomical egg prices? Pregnancy can be life-changing or life-ending depending on where you live, and nine tribal schools are transforming their outdoor spaces into community gathering areas.

Critics: CT State of State Address Not Bold Enough


Tuesday, January 10, 2023   

Governor Ned Lamont's State of the State speech addressed numerous issues affecting the state, but some felt it did not go far enough. Lamont spoke about growing the state's workforce to fill vacant jobs, a middle-class tax cut, and rising housing and health-care costs.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, 66% of Connecticut's extremely low-income renters are severely cost burdened.

Tom Swan, executive director with Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said there are other issues facing the state Lamont should have addressed, one being inequality.

"I think the governor should put forward a proposal to cut poverty in half over the next four years," Swan said. "I think he should make a commitment to getting every child a real equal opportunity through education. I think Connecticut should be a real leader, in terms of climate justice."

Swan added health-care corporations do not need to prioritize profits to make health care affordable. He said the big highlight of the speech was Lamont acknowledging there is a housing affordability problem in the state.

Overall, he remained confident there will be movement on these issues, but he is not sure how much will be done in the course of one year.

While the speech addressed numerous issues plaguing the state, Swan said bolder solutions should be used, including keeping free bus transit and continuing to expand the state's public health program.

"The governor has shown a willingness to do some things in these areas," Swan said. "It's just, I don't think that he's been bold enough and fought hard enough for them. It's more of a caretaker type of approach as opposed to addressing the root problems."

He said Lamont has the political capital to make change happen in bolder ways, and referred to Lamont's 2006 campaign for the U.S. Senate, saying the message was to rock the boat. But, he said, this speech did not advocate for that, and instead stayed the course on statewide issues.

get more stories like this via email
Michigan environmental activists have begun to focus on environmental justice issues in low-income communities that bear the brunt of industrial pollution and political indifference. (Adobe Stock)


By Tom Perkins for Planet Detroit.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Michigan News Connection with support from the Solutions Journalism Network…


By Jared Brey for Governing.Broadcast version by Deborah Van Fleet for Missouri News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public New…

Social Issues

South Dakota is once again locked in a debate over a bill concerning transgender youth. It seeks to ban gender-affirming care, with supporters …

Hunger-fighting groups say one in six Minnesota school children lives in a household experiencing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Better health and educational outcomes are being touted as the potential benefits as Minnesota lawmakers discuss whether to provide free school meals …

Social Issues

CORRECTION: YouthTruth surveyed more than 28,000 high school seniors from the class of 2022 and the class of 2019 in 19 states, including New York…

For every $1 invested in ARRIBA - El Paso's workforce development program - the local economy receives $28 back, according to a 2021 study by the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness. (Rob/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

For more than two decades, a workforce development program in El Paso has invested in the economically disadvantaged to help them attain the …

Health and Wellness

Nebraska's long-term care facilities face staffing shortages and other factors that could lead to more closures if state funding isn't increased…

Social Issues

Engineers with the University of Maine say the successful construction of the world's first bio-based, 3D-printed house could help alleviate the …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021