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Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is vital to mitigate climate change. To date reduction efforts have primarily focused on minimizing the production of carbon dioxide during electricity generation, transport, and other activities. Going forward, to the extent that carbon dioxide continues to be produced, it will need to be captured before release. Research is currently being undertaken into the possibility of injecting carbon dioxide into the seabed. One study aims to identify possible injection sites in the seabed along the northeast coast of the U.S. It is anticipated that, following identification of suitable sites, a demonstration project will be undertaken to assess the feasibility of offshore CCS. This paper outlines key regulatory requirements for the demonstration project and any subsequent commercial operations.
Organizers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina conducted interviews with over 900 Latinx immigrants (including nearly 400 undocumented community members) about the important issues facing immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic features snippets of the stories shared; common themes include financial hardship and illness, compounded by a lack of government support.
This study compares the performance of residential and commercial property sales near fixed-guideway stations with areas without public transit access between 2012 and 2016 in seven regions: Boston; Eugene, Oregon; Hartford, Connecticut; Los Angeles; Minneapolis–St. Paul; Phoenix; and Seattle. Results show that in the seven regions analyzed, residential properties in proximity to public transit performed better than properties farther from public transit, generating higher property values. Additionally, people living near fixed-guideway public transportation have lower annual transportation costs and have access to a greater number of jobs within a 30-minute commute, along with connections to more destinations. This report supports the further expansion of public transit services, along with appropriate land use policies, as a means of propelling development and housing opportunities.
While Connecticut’s working families are struggling with low wages, threats of eviction, food instability, lack of affordable health care, and high levels of unemployment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut’s wealthiest residents have amassed unprecedented wealth. In response to the state’s high rates of income inequality and extreme wealth gaps, Connecticut must adopt an equitable state budget that repairs the regressive tax structure by requiring billionaires to pay their fair share, invest in key programs and services to aid struggling communities, and take major steps towards eliminating racial and economic disparities.
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health, and economic security during the pandemic. The survey findings reveal widespread financial instability and hardship among Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents. Additionally, this report includes recommendations at the federal, state, and local level that policymakers must take to provide economic relief and protections for workers, keep community members in their homes, and ensure access to healthcare regardless of legal status.
This city ordinance requires that all city services be made available to residents, regardless of immigration status. It also requires that referrals to medical or social service agencies be made in the same manner to all residents, regardless of immigration status. In addition, the ordinance places restrictions on circumstances in which the police may inquire into a person's immigration status or make arrests based on a person's immigration status.
This report outline the cost in terms of public assistance the New England states must spend to subsidize low wage employment models.
Based on a review of the most advanced city efforts to align education for young children from birth through third grade, the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) identified 10 common elements of effective systems alignment. This report contains case studies of local efforts in Boston, Hartford, San Antonio, San Jose and Seattle that provide examples of how cities are incorporating each of the following elements into their alignment strategies.
This city ordinance requires a living wage for all workers employed to perform work associated with city contracts.
In the face of a public health emergency, an economic recession, and widening of social inequities, Connecticut has continues to reduce its public investment in services such as education, healthcare, housing, and transportation. Downsizing the public sector and failing to adequately invest in public services has led to exacerbated income and wealth inequality, economic decline, and slowed economic recovery. Data shows that states that took the opposite approach, increasing investments in public services and structures, have done far better in addressing economic challenges than states like Connecticut that relied primarily on cuts. In response, this report argues that greater public investments are key to Connecticut's economic prosperity, as they help boost productivity, help workers rejoin the economy, lead to greater health and environmental impacts, and more.