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Foster: Honest Choice For Change

July 6th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

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Mary-Jane Foster chats with supporters Monday night at headquarters.

Asserting “the past haunts us and the present fails us,” Mary-Jane Foster opened her campaign headquarters Downtown Monday evening telling 60 supporters she’s the “honest choice for change” against Mayor Bill Finch and former Mayor Joe Ganim.
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Ganim Campaign Haul More Than $200K In About Two Months

July 6th, 2015 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Former Mayor Joe Ganim will report roughly $223,000 raised in his first quarter as a candidate seeking a comeback against a mightily financed incumbent Bill Finch. Most of Ganim’s campaign cash was raised in the last two months.
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Finch Campaign Kickoff

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Debating Education Choice, Parent Expresses Hope In Funding Of Charter Schools

July 6th, 2015 · 50 Comments · Education, News and Events

City school parent Wanda Simmons’ daughter will attend the new Capital Prep Harbor School, founded by educator Steve Perry, recently funded with the backing of Governor Dan Malloy and the state legislature. Charter schools have their share of detractors including school board candidate Maria Pereira who argue they siphon funds from traditional school districts. It will be an issue with school board seats up for grabs this election. In this commentary defending more school choice, Simmons asserts many school children are “more likely to go to prison than attend college.” Simmons’ commentary follows:
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Tracking State Aid To Bridgeport

July 6th, 2015 · 1 Comment · City Budget, News and Events

If you’ve ever wanted to know a breakdown in the money Connecticut’s most populous city receives from the state, here’s your chance courtesy of CT Mirror based on the new state budget.
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Railroad Station Design, Airport Improvements On City Council Agenda

July 6th, 2015 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning

The Bridgeport City Council begins its summer session Monday night, one regularly scheduled meeting for July and August. While the mayor’s race is getting most of the attention, this is also an election year for the council.
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Generous Public Employee Compensation A Burden On Taxpayers

July 6th, 2015 · 24 Comments · News and Events

In a commentary that also appears in the Hartford Courant, Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, writes “Connecticut pays its employees an average of 42% more in wages and benefits than large private sector employers.” Walker, a senior strategic advisor for PwC, is joined in the article by Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From Walker and Biggs:

Whether you are a country, company, or individual, you don’t really know how good or bad your situation is unless you compare it to others. Such is also the case in connection with state government finances and compensation programs.

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OIB Rewind: Fireworks Break Out At 1989 Democratic Convention

July 4th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

On this July 4th weekend we salute the fireworks at the July 1989 Democratic Town Committee endorsement session for mayor, just a few weeks away from what could be a contentious battle for party support between Mayor Bill Finch and Joe Ganim at Testo’s Restaurant. Both Finch and Ganim, by the way, were in the room on the night of the fight that broke out between Mario Testa, today the Democratic chief, and Mike Rizzitelli, captured on film by community activist Cecil Young.
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