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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Let’s Make Friends! Bridgeport’s Top 100 Wage Earners For 2016

January 20th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Behold the annual rite of passage: Bridgeport’s top 100 government wage earners for 2016. In the dead of winter it warms our souls like pitchers and catchers for spring training. A whole bunch of city police officers, as is tradition, performed a lot of overtime catching on behalf of taxpayer pitchers. Mayor Joe Ganim doesn’t […]

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Need More Info? Ask For It

January 18th, 2017 · No Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Tuesday night addressed the City Council with a focus on Police Department spending. From Lee: This is the second meeting of the year and the fourth of the session that began in December. One year ago information was leaking out of City Hall about the dire financial situation in […]

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Former Police Chief Chapman Returns To Overtime, Staffing Challenges

January 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Struggling with health issues and a long commute to the city, former Police Chief Wilbur Chapman who serves as a public safety consultant has resurfaced following a lengthy non-paid absence. Mayor Joe Ganim hired Chapman in December 2015 to serve as police department hatchet man and reel in overtime that’s gotten out of control once […]

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Balancing Police Overtime Bucks

January 11th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s the brutal reality of police department finances: keep overtime down. Well, until a major crime event occurs and city leaders must balance public outcry with fiscal prudence. That’s when the area is saturated with extra patrols and investigators. It costs money. And, by the way, we’re understaffed. Translation: more overtime. And so it goes. […]

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Malloy Highlights Pension Reform, Spending Cuts And Education Fairness

January 4th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Facing a projected $1.5 billion state budget deficit with expected financial aid cuts to municipalities, Governor Dan Malloy on Wednesday delivered his State of the State address before a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly. The governor will present his budget proposal to the legislature next month.

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Ganim: City Is Rebounding

January 3rd, 2017 · 10 Comments · City Budget, Development and Zoning, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

In a commentary that also appeared in the Connecticut Post, Mayor Joe Ganim highlights initiatives during his first year back in office. A year ago when my administration took office, Bridgeport was facing incredible challenges, including a large budget deficit, a state-mandated property revaluation, increasing crime, and a lack of widespread economic development. Today, thanks […]

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2017 Key Year For City Council, School Board And Ganim

December 28th, 2016 · 63 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

Who says the off-cycle 2017 election season will be a yawner? We posed this question four years ago–the last municipal off-season campaign year–and it was a screamer. All endorsed Democrats for City Council and Board of Education were flamed in primaries, part of it electors’ disgust for the political establishment. What’s on tap come new […]

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Municipal Sales Tax On Table For Upcoming State Legislative Session

December 22nd, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Senate President Martin Looney, prior to his kidney transplant on Tuesday, filed a series of bills for the legislative session that starts in two weeks including a proposal to authorize municipalities to levy a local sales tax of one-half of one percent, something that if passed would provide a new revenue source to Bridgeport as […]

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