FES Update: Meeting tomorrow, budget "surplus" is gone

A quick reminder that the next FES/CABHN  meeting is tomorrow,  9:30 to 11 am at AARP, 21 Oak St. in Hartford. Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain, will be there to answer your questions and share his priorities for the coming session. We'll be looking foryour thoughts for a 2012 CABHN/FES policy agenda, and volunteers to help with the annual Legislative Reception.

Budget Surplus is GoneThe latest state revenue estimates show a likely deficit, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy is pledging that taxes will not be raised again, meaning that cuts will ensue.

Click here for coverage:
Malloy Promises No New Taxes, CT News Junkie
Malloy reaffirms plans to use spending cuts to balance budget, continue GAAP conversion, CT Mirror

Forum to Focus on Achievement Gap and Housing PolicyThe Partnership for Strong Communities will kick off its 2012 IForums series Thursday, February 16 examining the connections between Connecticut's education achievement gap and housing policy. The event will be at the Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106, with coffee and registration at 8:30 and program from 9 am until noon.

Speakers:
Susan Eaton - Harvard Law School's Institute for Race and Justice
Author of The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial, an in-depth account of Hartford's education system and settlement patterns.

Heather Schwartz - RAND Corporation
Jennifer Turnham - Abt Associates
Researchers Schwartz and Turnham have discovered that inclusionary housing programs in Montgomery County, Maryland are greatly improving educational outcomes there.

Click here for more information on how to register and directions.

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