Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Investing in Connecticut's Children & Families for Future Prosperity


Check-in and question gathering will be from 5:30-6pm, and the forum will run from 6-7:30pm, on October 3rd, at Central Connecticut State University Memorial Hall, in the Constitution Room. Light refreshments provided.

This nonpartisan forum will be moderated by Christine Stuart of the CT News Junkie. 

To submit a question to the candidates, click here.

To reserve a childcare spot, click here. Childcare must be booked by 10/1.

The forum is hosted by the Connecticut Association for Human Services, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, Connecticut Voices for Children, All Our Kin, the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave, and CT Alliance of YMCAs.

The forum is presented through the support of the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the Partnership for America's Children, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public. Free childcare will be provided by trained staff.

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Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to help preserve this vital program!

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Testify in Support of R.B. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages!

This Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., April the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will hear testimony regarding Raised Bill No. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages. If passed, the bill would place a one cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The bill is intended to encourage consumers to choose healthier options. It is estimated that the tax will produce about $140 million dollars and the revenue produced by the tax would be placed in a fund for obesity prevention programs and Care4Kids. 

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How to testify:

The hearing will take place in Room 2E of the LOB. Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff at 10:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to  

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