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Public hearings by the Speaker's Task Force on Children in the Recession

As part of its assignment to find ways of meeting the needs of Connecticut's youngest and most vulnerable citizens in this economic crisis, House Speaker Christopher Donovan's Task Force on Children in the Recession held public hearings in each of Connecticut's five congressional districts. Watch and read testimony gathered at those hearings below.

This 5-minute video, prepared by Speaker Donovan's office, collects the most poignant remarks from the various hearings. For more on a particular hearing, continue scrolling down. If a YouTube window does not appear above, watch the video here instead.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009, at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford

Partners: 1st District Congressman John Larson and the 1st Congressional District Youth Cabinet

Written testimony

Note: Not everyone who testified submitted written remarks

CT-N video

You may watch the full meeting below, courtesy of the Connecticut Network (CT-N). If a video window does not appear, go to the CT-N website. Length: 2 hours, 42 minutes.

News coverage

"Youth panel looks at recession’s effects," New Britain Herald, 12/5/09

"Recession is clobbering kids, officials told," Youth Journalism International, 12/7/09

 

Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield

Partners: Congressman Joseph Courtney and Enfield KITE (Key Initiatives to Early Education)

Written testimony

Note: Not everyone who testified submitted written remarks

 

Saturday, February 13, Killingly Town Hall, Killingly

Partners: 2nd District Congressman Joseph Courtney and state Rep. Mae Flexer of Danielson

Written testimony

News coverage

"Rearranging services is positive step for children," Norwich Bulletin, 2/21/10

 

Thursday, February 18, 2010, Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden

Partner: 3rd District Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Written testimony

Note: Not everyone who testified submitted written remarks

Remarks of House Speaker Christopher Donovan:

 

Saturday, February 6, 2010, at the Bridgeport City Hall Annex

Partners: 4th District Congressman Jim Himes and state Senator Anthony Musto

Written testimony

Note: Not everyone who testified submitted written remarks

Thursday, February 16, 2010, at the Vogel Wetmore School in Torrington

Partners: 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy

News coverage

"Connecticut bill aims to help ‘children of the recession,’" Register Citizen of Torrington, 2/28/10 

 

Friday, April 9, 2010, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in Ledyard

Written testimony

Note: Not everyone who testified submitted written remarks.

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