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Got Milk? How About A Fair Minimum Wage Too?

April 18th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment

OIB friend Doug Wade (Milkman) who operates the family-owned Wade’s Dairy on Barnum Avenue advocates automatic adjustments for the minimum wage to rise along with the inflation rate. Last year the businessman was recognized by President Obama for bringing attention to a hike in the minimum wage. In an essay that first appeared in the […]

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If It’s Drama You Like, Pull Up A Seat To Bridgeport’s Mayoral Race

April 15th, 2015 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

This mayoral cycle has the makings of the best soap opera on the planet. There’s the drama of Joe Ganim exploring a comeback, Bill Finch pursuing a historic third four-year term, and the expected entry of University of Bridgeport executive Mary-Jane Foster, Finch’s 2011 primary opponent, who has experienced her share of drama from her […]

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Ganim’s First Big Fundraising Test

April 13th, 2015 · 46 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Are you coughing up $375 for former Mayor Joe Ganim’s first fundraiser? That’s the max that can be contributed to his exploratory committee in what is expected to segue into a full blown candidate committee in search of the job he occupied from November 1991 to April 2003.

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Spending Hawks Take Notice–Mayor’s Budget Proposal Now Available For Your Reading Pleasure

April 10th, 2015 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed $532 million budget is now accessible on line on the city’s website broken down into segments including a summary and timetable of the spending-plan approval by the City Council for the year starting July 1. See here. Full budget page here. The mayor’s budget proposes no tax increase as he seeks […]

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The Swirling World Of Mayoral Campaign 2015, Town Clerk Alma Maya Seeks Another Term

April 9th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Maya letter to Dems. This mayoral cycle has so many moving parts it could cause whiplash. Please call your local chiropractor.

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OIB Correspondent Jim Callahan Struggles For Life, But Not Perspective On Life–A Journalist’s Journey

April 8th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

Jim Callahan is among the last of the two-fisted journalists who can turn a phrase and complement it with his own photograph. Raised in a family of nine children, he was a kid from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania–growly, disheveled, outspoken, sweet, sour–who arrived in Bridgeport in the late 1970s geared up to take on politicians, […]

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Finch Proposes No Tax Increase In Election Year, Primary On The Horizon

April 7th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch has submitted an election-year budget to the City Council that holds the line on taxes in a spending plan of $532 million that promises no layoffs. Finch says a modest increase in the grand list of taxable property will hold the proposed mil rate at the current level of 42.19 despite total […]

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White: Speaking Out Leads To Budget White Out–Saga Of City Council Conflicts

April 4th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former City Councilman Tom White provides insight into conflicts that arise with city employees serving on the budget and legislative body. He had served as council staff support but, as he writes, “I stuck my neck out and did what I thought was right by expressing concerns which may be labeled as misappropriation of funds.” […]

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