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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

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

September 20th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics, Uncategorized

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 […]

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The Kohut Formula For Ending Budget Impasse

September 20th, 2017 · 5 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.

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Going, But Not Gone Yet

September 19th, 2017 · 8 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.

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Bluefish Reel In Final Season

September 17th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Sometimes fans don’t know how to say hello until it’s time to say goodbye. Just about everything has a shelf life and after 20 years the Bridgeport Bluefish on Sunday played their last game at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, the first three years an average attendance of roughly 4,500 per game, but in recent […]

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Bridgeport Officials: Don’t Screw State’s Largest City When Bailing Out Hartford

September 15th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

In an excruciatingly tight–and tardy–state budget season with municipalities across the state facing major cuts, the financially hemorrhaging city of Hartford is poised for a major bailout with oversight strings attached to overt bankruptcy as well as $115 in capital funding over two years for the XL Center. Mayor Joe Ganim and the city’s legislative […]

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Martinez To Seek Presidency Of City Council

September 14th, 2017 · 51 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Assuming she’s reelected to another two-year term in November, East End City Councilor Eneida Martinez says she’ll seek the presidency of the legislative body, replacing Tom McCarthy who has served in that capacity for 10 years. McCarthy did not seek reelection to the council.

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City Employee Councilors Sayonara, Primary Post Mortem

September 14th, 2017 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Primary day has ended, but it’s not over. And even when the primary vote is certified following recounts, there’s the general election in November and then another vote for City Council president in December by peers. And guess what? When the new council meets in December it will do so without a city employee councilor […]

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Insurgents Make Gains, According To Unofficial Results–Keeley And Herron Tied, Newton Leading, Several Recounts Upcoming

September 13th, 2017 · 50 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

In a night that took many twists and turns, several incumbents were defeated in Democratic primaries for City Council Tuesday, several insurgents prevailed and recounts in four districts will take place later this week, according to unofficial returns from the Registrar’s Office. Young guns Kyle Langan and Marcus Brown won the West Side 132nd District, according […]

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