Connecticut Makes Remote Work Permanent for State Employees, Bruising Hartford’s Economy
[Excerpt from feature article by Jimmy Vielkind, March 17, 2022] As it tries to bounce back from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford won’t be getting help from one of one of its biggest employers: the state government itself. Connecticut recently agreed to permanently allow most of its employees to telecommute as many as four days a week, in contrast with many state and local governments that are trying to set an example for private employers by pushing employees to return to offices in downtown cores.
March 17, 2022
Data demonstrates how pandemic exacerbated New Haven’s wealth disparities
[Excerpt of feature article by Sophie Bograd and Sylvan Lebrun, February 23, 2022] More than four in 10 New Haven residents lost their job, used emergency food services or suffered financially during the pandemic.
February 24, 2022
Connecticut’s richest residents got richer while poorest residents got poorer during pandemic, survey finds
[Excerpt from front-page feature by Alex Putterman, February 13, 2022] The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for Connecticut residents in the state’s poorest cities, a large statewide survey has found. While 19% of Connecticut adults say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago, according to the survey, that number was 31% in Hartford, 29% in Bridgeport, 20% in New Haven and 28% in Waterbury.
February 17, 2022
Survey results quantify how each Connecticut town experienced the pandemic throughout 2021
PRESS RELEASE - February 13, 2022 Since February 2020, nearly a quarter of Connecticut households had a member lose a job, but about one-third of households in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Waterbury faced that outcome. But even in towns like Milford and Greenwich, about one in seven households were affected by job loss.
February 12, 2022
Waterford’s resident-led social equity and inclusion group holds third community dialogue
[Excerpt from news article by Johana Vazquez, February 8, 2022]
February 08, 2022
Access Health CT program aims to reduce uninsured rate, health disparities
[Excerpt from article by Karla Santos, 2/4/2022] MERIDEN — The state’s health insurance exchange recently launched a free program to help individuals become licensed insurance brokers with the goal of reducing the uninsured rate and addressing health disparities. An extensive study revealed significant disparities in health care in the state, according to Tammy Hendricks, director of health equity & outreach for Access Health CT, the state’s insurance marketplace. Her department was created to address the issue. [....]
February 05, 2022