Session Wrap Up: No Budget Yet
While a budget agreement was in place prior to the end of the legislative session on May 4, it was not voted on. The legislature is expected to return for a special session to pass the budget on Thursday, May 12. A small number of early childhood bills did pass before the end of the legislative session. ClickHERE to see what early childhood bills passed.
Seeking Stories Regarding HUSKY Termination
The New Haven Legal Assistance Association is looking for stories about people cut off of Medicaid at redetermination/renewal. See the flier for more information or to pass the word along.
Middlesex Coalition for Children Meeting
CT Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director Merrill Gay will be a guest at the May meeting, to wrap-up the 2016 legislative session. The second half will be a presentation from our Wesleyan Community Research Seminar on the Elementary Education Opportunity Gap. The meeting is Thursday, May 12, at 9 a.m. at deKoven House in Middletown.
Last Days of Session: What to Expect
Things change quickly when it comes to the budget, as the governor proposed another plan yesterday and negotiations went on late into the night. When all is said and done, we may or may not have a budget fix in place by the end of session on May 4. CT Mirror gives a good breakdown of what has been happening up at the Capitol these last 24 hours. The Alliance sent out a video update last night - if you haven't made calls to your legislators, now is the time to do it.
There are a number of bills that are still in play that may or may not get called before session ends. To see the list, visit our Bills page.
The bumpy budget ride continues. After the Appropriations Committee released their budget proposal, which covered a portion of the cuts needed to fill the deficit, the governor released a 2017 adjustment plan on April 12. Remember, this is still just a proposal. The legislature and governor will go back and forth before a final budget is passed.
Medicaid/HUSKY A Events Planned in State's Most Impacted Cities
The governor's most recent proposal includes significant cuts to the Medicaid program, (HUSKY A) impacting thousands of parents and children, along with dangerous cuts to the core Medicaid operating infrastructure. In-district, legislator-press events to fight these cuts to Medicaid are being planned in cities that have high percentages of Medicaid recipients. An event was held in Hartford on Tuesday, and events are being in New Britain on Thursday, April 21, at New Britain Community Health Center, 85 LaFayette Street, 9:30 a.m., and Friday, April 22, at two locations - Waterbury Stay Well Health Center, 80 Phoenix Avenue, Waterbury, 9:30 a.m. and Optimus Health Center, 982 East Main Street, Bridgeport,9:30 a.m. If you are a legislator, health care provider, advocate, faith leader, parent or childcare provider, you are encouraged to attend!Read more