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Ganim And Testa Won’t Cry If Public Financing Torpedoed In State Budget Process

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics, Uncategorized

Ganim and Mario. No public dollars, no problem, as long as no one else gets it,.

Joe and Mario: no public dollars, no problem, as long as no one else gets it.

With the latest fundraising quarter coming to a close, Mayor Joe Ganim is trying to put on a push this week in an area key for becoming a top-tier 2018 candidate for statewide office, raising money, be it public dollars or the old fashion way of large dollar donations. The Republican budget passed last week that Governor Dan Malloy has vowed to veto lanced the Citizens Election Program of publicly funded campaigns. [Read more →]

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Herron Flights Keeley By 1 Vote

September 20th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Uncategorized

For Jeanette Herron, scene here on primary day, a win is a win is a win.

For Jeanette Herron, seen here on primary day, a win is a win is a win.

Every vote counts. Yup. In the case of the Democratic City Council primary between incumbent Jeanette Herron and former State Rep. Bob Keeley in the North End 133rd District 1 vote has made the difference. Herron squeaked out a vote victory following a Tuesday recount that had them tied going in. [Read more →]

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The Kohut Formula For Ending Budget Impasse

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment, Uncategorized

Hartford is a fiscal train wreck. City policy wonk Jeff Kohut in this commentary offers a menu of items to end the derailment.

Regarding the current, derailed budget process in Hartford; it is obvious that both massive cuts in state spending and massive new revenue flows are needed to shore-up our collapsing state economy. [Read more →]

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‘Pal’ Jim Buchanan Leaves Mike With A Mark On Thousands Of Listeners

September 19th, 2017 · 2 Comments · News and Events, Uncategorized

Jim Buchcanan a few months ago.

Jim Buchcanan  on the air a few months ago.

For thousands of listeners Jim Buchanan was good company, like the uncle you could joust with, make peace and come back another day. Talk radio is a fragile existence in the world of corporate bottom lines that prefer low-cost canned shows to informative live bodies sharing breaking news and an outlet for conversation. Last Monday, as Buchanan noted on his Facebook page, was his last on WICC where he’s enjoyed two runs dating back more than 30 years. [Read more →]

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‘It’s Funded, Shovel-Ready,’ Pitching Bridgeport As An MGM Star, Waterfront Casino Proposed

September 19th, 2017 · 24 Comments · Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

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Declaring MGM Bridgeport can be “a major economic force, a top-tier entertainment resort, and an essential contributor to this community,” MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren, a Bridgeport native, on Monday shared details of a $675 million waterfront resort for the East End creating thousands of construction and permanent jobs, a guarantee $8 million annually to the city as the host community in addition to millions more from real estate estate and personal property and building permits. MGM Resorts International is partnering with the RCI Group, developers of Steelpointe Harbor, to build a casino on the old Carpenter Technology site on Seaview Avenue. The proposal seeks no public subsidy. See website here. A major battle looms in state legislature for approval. [Read more →]

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City Council Approves Downtown Theater Development Plan

September 19th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

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Artist rendering of Downtown theater proposal.

The City Council Monday night in a 13-4 vote signed off on New York-based Exact Capital’s $410 million proposal to resurrect two nostalgic Downtown theaters and former Savoy Hotel in addition to constructing more than 800 housing units along adjacent streets. The vote came without a Project Labor Agreement that had been encouraged during a public hearing two weeks ago by union activists. Instead the council adopted an amendment to urge the developer to use “reasonable efforts” to hire local and union workers. [Read more →]

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Going, But Not Gone Yet

September 19th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Uncategorized

Only a few regular meetings remain for the current City Council that will be replaced by a new legislative body with some new faces in December. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee revisited some questions he has presented to the current configuration during an address to councilors Monday night. [Read more →]

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MGM Raises Stakes With Plan To Build Bridgeport Casino

September 18th, 2017 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning

Rendering of proposed MGM  Bridgeport.

Rendering of proposed MGM Bridgeport.

With the promise of 2,000 permanent jobs matched by 2,000 slot machines,  MGM officials this morning including Bridgeport-born CEO Jim Murren will unveil plans for a $675 million waterfront resort on Seaview Avenue including 300-room hotel,  900-foot boardwalk, 30,000 square feet of retail space and 160 table games. In a city in dire need of jobs and a state bleeding major businesses to other states, MGM hopes the waterfront resort provides backbone to the state to break the exclusive casino rights with Connecticut’s two tribal nations. [Read more →]

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