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OIB Poll: Will Ned Deliver Or Renege?

July 20th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

If elected governor, will Ned Lamont deliver on his promises to fully fund Bridgeport education and state payments for city's tax-exempt properties?

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Lamont’s Lofty Promises Would Become A Mega Windfall For City

July 20th, 2018 · 51 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Ned Lamont Wednesday night promised to fully fund education and state reimbursement.

Ned Lamont Wednesday night promised to fully fund education and state reimbursement. Photo courtesy of Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie.

Ned Lamont is making promises no gubernatorial contender has ever delivered before, but if he becomes governor and shepherds his pledges they’ll represent well over $50 million extra to the state’s largest city for reimbursement on payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. [Read more →]

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Meanwhile, Ganim Claims Lamont ‘Waffling’ On Supporting Casino For City

July 20th, 2018 · 13 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

MGM Bridgeport rendering

Rendering of MGM Bridgeport.

Is Ned Lamont waffling on a waterfront gaming destination for Bridgeport? Mayor Joe Ganim, his rival in the August 14 Democratic primary for governor, claims Lamont’s support is melting. The next governor sworn into office in January will inherit a host of issues including a major budget deficit and a legislative session that is expected to include another bill advanced on behalf of MGM calling for an open, competitive process for a commercial casino in the state’s largest city. MGM would build it on the Steelpointe Harbor redevelopment area. [Read more →]

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MGM Springfield Resort Meets Hiring Goals, Poised For Opening With Local Mass Job Creation

July 20th, 2018 · No Comments · Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

MGM Springfield to open next month.

MGM Springfield to open next month.

As the Connecticut General Assembly awaits its next session in January to weigh gaming expansion in the state, the count down is underway for the opening of MGM’s $960 million resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts that includes the hiring of 3,000 resort employees. The opening is scheduled for August 24. [Read more →]

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Ganim Wants Lamont To Disclose His Loot

July 19th, 2018 · 14 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, standing at the Hartford Public Library, called for full financial disclosure for all statewide candidates. The other Democrats, left to right, are Eva Bermudez Zimmerman of Newtown, Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown and Ned Lamont of Greenwich. (Photo by Christopher Keating)

Mayor Joe Ganim, standing at the Hartford Public Library, called for full financial disclosure for all statewide candidates. At left lieutenant governor candidates Eva Bermudez Zimmerman and Susan Bysiewicz. Ned Lamont sitting behind Ganim Photo by Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant.

When your opponent possesses millions of personal dough to invest in a campaign for governor and you’re lagging far behind on the money front you trot out a mantra: show us the money. That’s what Mayor Joe Ganim is demanding of Democratic endorsed Ned Lamont, full financial disclosure. Get ready for more of this in the weeks leading to the August 14 primary. Joe, of course, needs to do this too, right? The Hartford Courant shares more on this here. CT Mirror story here. CT News Junkie coverage here [Read more →]

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Internal Affairs Examining Excessive Force Charges Against Councilwoman’s Son

July 19th, 2018 · 21 Comments · Uncategorized

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

The Police Department’s Office of Internal Affairs is investigating whether cops used excessive force, including painful shocks from a Taser, on City Councilwoman Karen Jackson’s son.

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No Easy Pass For Malloy On Toll Study, Guber Candidates Pounce

July 18th, 2018 · 10 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Despite hearings in the state legislature, Governor Dan Malloy wants to spend $10 million to study electronic tolling on state highways, something that received an instant rebuke from gubernatorial candidates. [Read more →]

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Working Families Party Rejects Senators Moore And Osten Pressure To Host Treasurer Debate On Living Wage

July 18th, 2018 · 7 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Dita Bhargava

Dita Bhargava

Two influential members of the State Senate Marilyn Moore and Catherine Osten who are supporting Dita Bhargava for state treasurer are challenging the Connecticut Working Families Party to host a debate so its candidate for treasurer Shawn Wooden can be questioned about the exemption of Hartford’s living wage ordinance for the employees of Dunkin Donuts Park. Bhargava and Wooden have been mixing it up pretty good as they vie in the August 14 Democratic primary. The senators have received a quick response from Lindsay Farrell, CT WFP executive director. No debate. [Read more →]

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