Opinion: Connecticut’s disappearing middle class

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

This is one of the best times of year to walk through one of Connecticut’s pretty little towns, with the lingering smell of damp leaves and fair-trade coffee hanging in the chilled air.

There is so much beauty in this state, so many communities that still hold their New England charm. But it is amazing how fast you can go from charming to blighted, from rich to poor, in just a few short miles. We are all crowded so close together in this densely populated state, yet we are also so segregated.

Poverty is on the rise in Connecticut. One in eight Connecticut residents is now using food stamps, and we are one of only six states in the nation where food stamp usage went up this past year.

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2 responses to “Opinion: Connecticut’s disappearing middle class”

  1. piberman

    Good article as one would expect from Ms Bates. Posting the lowest economic growth since the Recession affects not only the middle class. CT once had the highest proportion in the nation as millionaires. Now it’s no. 3 behind CT and Va. ((Fed salaries average 125k). Not many new mansions going up in CT’s super rich towns. The word is out. CT is neither a good state to launch a new business or to retire. Even our college grads don’t stay after graduation.
    CT’s become NE’s new “welfare state” for public employees. And others.

  2. Rusty Guardrail

    The U.S. income distribution curve is nearly indistinguishable from that of a third world banana republic.

    Every empire in history eventually collapsed. The U.S. is well on its way to the same ruinous fate, mostly because a small group of usurers have captured all the wealth and resources, and by law are permitted to buy dominance in government.

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