At some point, it’s like can a governor negotiate on behalf of the people who elected him? Every year, another gaming proposal involves Bridgeport and once again state powers flaccid to negotiate a deal to infuse new revenues into Connecticut’s largest city that helped elect the chief executive.
For eight years Dan Malloy, who had been mayor of Stamford prior, pretty much wired every substantial economic development incentive to Stamford because it was the easiest thing to do. God forbid we do anything for Bridgeport that elevated our election.
Now we have Ned Lamont. More than a year into his term he’s shown no finesse to lift up the urban voters who placed him into a position of power. Lamont was elected because of the cities. Has he done anything substantial through force of will–such as former Governor Lowell Weicker–to boost Bridgeport?
Maybe it’s because he doesn’t know how to strike a deal. There’s always hope, right?
Hey Ned, how’s that vote in Wilton for ya?
From Ken Dixon, CT Post:
The latest attempt to solve the stalemate in the state’s gambling landscape was unveiled Wednesday and includes a new Bridgeport casino and more state revenue from the tribal nations that operate the existing casinos.
The result: an extra $88 million for towns and cities to share.
Announced in a rare bipartisan news conference by state Sen. Cathy Osten, who will submit the legislation when the General Assembly convenes next week for its short session, the proposal hinges on Gov. Ned Lamont’s ability to renegotiate the current compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations.