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Millionaire Migration?

I recently sat down with Tom Cooke, a Professor in the Department of Geography at UConn, and we discussed general policy issues facing the state and the need for Connecticut focused research that could help guide policymakers. This conversation spawned from several that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has hosted in regards to the need for an independent non-partisan public policy center in the state.

One issue where there seems to be a steady ...

CTData in Action: MetroHartford Progress Points

In post-conference feedback that I've received, a few people have asked me to share examples of how others in the state have used ctdata.org. Since our next conference is not for a few months, I wanted to take this opportunity to share an example.

A couple weeks ago, a network of nine organizations, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, released the 2016 Edition of the MetroHartford Progress Points. The report looks at ...

Income Leaving CT? Not really — Understanding IRS Migration Data

Earlier this week, I received an email from The Yankee Institute with the subject: “Leaving Connecticut” and I let out a sigh. The flurry of data around migration patterns in Connecticut, the conflicting messages about whether the state is losing or gaining population is confusing – and I’m someone who looks at data frequently! I thought about having a session at our next conference (June 28th) on the different sources of migration data and what ...

Fiscal Situation of our Municipalities, part two

In our March story, we summarized a study done by the New England Public Policy Center, “Measuring Municipal Fiscal Disparities in Connecticut.” In that story, we covered how the fiscal disparity was calculated for all towns in Connecticut. Now, we’ll look at the state’s role in providing assistance to towns.

What this story covers:

  • Distribution of state non-school grants
  • What percentage of fiscal gap filled by non-school grants?
  • What are the fiscal disparities ...

In-depth: Municipal Costs

After we released the first Fiscal Situation of our Municipalities story, we received a couple inquiries on the data for the cost drivers. The Municipal Cost refers to the amount that each municipality must spend in order to provide a common level of non-school services such as administration, public works, and public safety. The New England Public Policy Center estimated municipal cost by using a statistical regression analysis to identify cost factors strongly related to ...

Business Formations in Connecticut

The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, is proud to partner with the CT Data Collaborative and provide to the public unprecedented free access to robust business registry data. In addition to making the data public through exploratory, web-based visualization tools, CTData presents a few of the interesting trends in the story below. As we build out the portal, we will continue to examine the trends in the data and share the stories.

What Businesses ...

Fiscal Situation of our Municipalities

With each passing day it seems the headlines in the papers highlight a worsening fiscal situation for the state. This begs the question: What does it mean for our towns?

This is the first in a series that will examine the fiscal situation of municipalities. There have been several statewide initiatives to examine fiscal challenges facing both the state and towns. Our goal is to highlight the major findings from these initiatives and reports; expand ...

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