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Torres Seeks Moratorium On Tax Breaks

October 5th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

City Councilman Rick Torres, who’s considering a third mayoral run, has submitted a resolution to the city’s legislative body that calls for a “Moratorium on Tax Abatements, Expansions and or Proliferations of any Not-For-Profit Organization.” His request will be referred to the Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee at Monday night’s City Council meeting. […]

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Debating The Need For Tax Abatements

October 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

In his latest commentary, city fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee challenges the logic of a tax break proposal on the City Council agenda for Monday night. From Lee: Residents of Bridgeport who are property owners are clamoring for economic development independent of housing that will remove from them the primary responsibility for paying City property […]

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General Lee Cautions City Council On Hurricane (Spending) Season

September 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen budget hawk John Marshall Lee issues a storm warning to the City Council in his latest address to the budget-making body Monday night. We are in the hurricane season where the storms roar up the Atlantic Coast. Combined days of rain, with high tides and wind-borne waves can damage low-lying properties and harm residents […]

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Wyman: We’re All In This Together, Offers To Buy Foley A Ticket To Wisconsin Moment

September 13th, 2014 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

Addressing an eclectic configuration of roughly 50 city Democrats, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman on Saturday drew a contrast between Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and incumbent Dan Malloy whom she described as a “guy who has a heart of gold who leads with his heart and his head … If Foley wants a Wisconsin moment,”  […]

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Debating Tax Incentives To Encourage Development

September 9th, 2014 · 16 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Several City Council members such as Trish Swain and Rick Torres, in a story by Brian Lockhart of the CT Post, wonder how much money the city is leaving on the table because of tax breaks. Then again, how much would the city lose by not offering developers incentives?

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Lee Issues Titanic Warning To City Council, ‘Rearranging Deck Chairs’

September 3rd, 2014 · 17 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, in his latest address Tuesday night to the city’s budget and legislative body, asserts “Your current work, including tonight’s B&A recommendation for another standing item, is merely rearranging deck chairs on the Bridgeport version of the Titanic!” Lee’s City Council address:

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Did You Tag Sale At Mayor’s House?

September 1st, 2014 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Labor Day weekend is a time for chillin’ and grillin’, biking and hiking, tanning and fanning. And oh yes, tag saleing. Mayor Bill Finch hosted a lawn sale at his Crown Street home on Saturday. Was hizzoner a tough negotiator on the goods?

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