The troubling gap between the rich and the poor in Connecticut is formidable and only getting more profound.
Studies have shown that failing to address income inequality hampers overall economic growth. So it's in everyone's interest that something is done about it. But with the state carrying the weight of massive debt payments, can we afford more programs designed to lift up those at the bottom? Can we afford not to spend more?
This week we take a hard look at the numbers and the potential solutions.
We'll also pore over the latest empirical data regarding residents at the very top of the wealth spectrum. How prone are they to fleeing Connecticut for lower tax havens?
Advisory panels helping frame a policy agenda for Gov.-elect Ned Lamont's first 100 days in office are releasing their recommendations. We size up their suggestions for tackling poverty and other issues facing the state.
And we examine former UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie's bid to bring a racial discrimination complaint against the university.
- Colin McEnroe - Host of The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR (@colinmcenroe)
- Khalilah Brown-Dean - Associate Professor of political science at Quinnipiac University (@KBDPHD)
- Keith Phaneuf - State budget reporter for the Connecticut Mirror (@CTMirrorKeith)