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Entries from February 15th, 2018

City Posts Surplus Last Year, Battles Deficit This Budget Year

February 13th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

An auditor’s report from accounting firm BlumShapiro shows the municipal fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017 with a surplus of $4.6 million. See audit here. Projections are not as rosy for the current budget year that started July 1, according to Mayor Joe Ganim and finance officials struggling to close a multi-million deficit based […]

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Meanwhile, City Council Members Seek Financial Information

February 13th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee on Monday attended a financial presentation to the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee. He files this commentary: Yesterday was a “red letter” day for the City of Bridgeport. The City stood up publicly on two occasions to talk about financial results. In the morning the Mayor announced a […]

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Courant Gets Viggy With It

February 13th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Media, News and Events, State Politics

Hearst Connecticut Media, owner of the Connecticut Post and a number of other southern Connecticut newspapers, has successfully poached key Hartford Courant staffers in recent months. The Courant has returned fire, hiring away Neil Vigdor, one of the top political reporters in the state, as media outlets ramp up political coverage of the 2018 gubernatorial […]

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