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Entries Categorized as 'City Budget'

Lee: Pension Stew Pot A Financial Screwy Wabbit

August 7th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget

Citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee asks in a commentary “Remember Elmer Fudd? The little guy, with a funny voice, and a shotgun pursuing his rabbit stew recipe? ‘First you need a rabbit.’ And there was Bugs Bunny looking on, laughing at Fudd, the mighty hunter.”

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Ex Assistant Chief Nardozzi Sues City For Illegal Termination, Claims Deal Between Union And Mayor

August 4th, 2017 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, News and Events

James Nardozzi was hired as assistant chief under Mayor Bill Finch to reel in overtime and then was booted by Mayor Joe Ganim because Nardozzi hit the pocketbook of cops who supported Ganim’s comeback campaign by millions of dollars. That charge, among others, is part of a state lawsuit that Nardozzi has brought against the […]

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Ganim: State Budget Crisis Hurts City

July 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The state budget situation is a mess. The inability of Hartford lawmakers to pass a budget has impacted cities and towns across the state leading to local cutbacks.

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Ganim’s Critical Wakeup Call To Address Violent Crime

July 11th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

On the 2015 campaign trail, candidate Joe Ganim opened his own police substation, a symbolic gesture in response to a spike in violent crime and a stick in the eye to incumbent Mayor Bill Finch whose perceived inaction with an understaffed police force benefited Ganim’s playbook. There was a hole in the fence at a […]

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Malloy Signs Into Law Pension Bill To Aid City Cashflow

July 7th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy has signed, see here, a state bill unanimously supported by the city’s eight-member legislative delegation that allows the city to bond unfunded pension liability expected to save an estimated $2.8 million in debt service payments annually. This piece of legislation is arguably the most significant for the city during the latest session […]

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City In Bondage

July 3rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council

City fiscal observer John Marshall Lee addressed the City Council Monday night on the subjects of pensions, bonding and overtime. Tonight on your agenda is an item, #105-16 to refer to committee, an idea from Joe Ganim’s “playbook” that has had very little discussion.

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Ganim Orders Freeze On Spending And Hiring

July 3rd, 2017 · 3 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

News release from mayor’s office: Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that the city and his administration are anticipating that the Governor’s Interim Budget Proposal will fall short up to $27 million dollars in municipal funds for the City of Bridgeport. In wake of the uncertainty of financial funding from the state, the city will proceed […]

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No Budget, Malloy Promises ‘Painful’ Cuts

June 30th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

For the state budget year starting July 1 there is no budget. Budget talks have fizzled. All this impacts cities and towns in some fashion for their respective budget years starting July 1.

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