November 2017

2017 Legislative Session Review

Ellen Shemitz, J.D.

Even though state legislative and budget decisions affect children, children do not have the right to participate in the political process. Connecticut Voices for Children speaks with and for children, advocating for data-driven, strategic investments that will enable every child in Connecticut to have a meaningful chance to succeed.

This legislative session, the overriding focus on the state budget deficit crowded out other important legislative discussions. Nonetheless, the General Assembly did consider and pass a significant number of bills that affect the wellbeing of children, families and communities across the state.

Updated: an updated version of the brief is available with an overview of the final budget agreement. 
 

Issue Areas:
Budget and Tax, Child Welfare, Early Care, Education, Family Economic Security, Health, Juvenile Justice