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Just Like The Old Days, Joe And Mario Back At The Capitol

February 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, State Politics

Joe Ganim hadn’t schmoozed legislators in the capitol as mayor in 13 years. Wednesday at the opening of the legislative session he was back joined by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa reconnecting with old-time pols such as Senate President Marty Looney who shepherded legislation last year that equalized auto taxes across the state to help […]

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Malloy’s Budget Cuts Municipal Aid

February 3rd, 2016 · 9 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Governor Dan Malloy has had his say on the state budget. So will the state legislature as it reviews cuts made by the governor. From the CT Mirror: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a $19.87 billion budget Wednesday that cuts most state agencies and previously approved municipal aid, and potentially eliminates “thousands” of jobs, while avoiding […]

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Religious Leaders To Question Malloy, Ganim, Blumenthal On Key Issues

January 28th, 2016 · 15 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A coalition of religious leaders will engage Governor Dan Malloy, Mayor Joe Ganim and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal to “seek action on gun violence, police reforms and school funding” at a forum tonight (Thursday) at 7 at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue.

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Andres Ayala Resigns As DMV Chief

January 20th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Former State Senator Andres Ayala’s service as DMV chief has crashed. What will Ayala do next? From Jon Lender, Hartford Courant: Andres Ayala Jr. has submitted his resignation as state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner after a nightmarish year of problems–including snafus with a new computer system, a tripling of wait times for DMV customers, erroneous […]

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Shock Treatment–GE Bailing On Connecticut For Boston

January 13th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Statement from Governor Dan Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman on General Electric’s departure. Governor Malloy said, “Today’s decision is a clear signal that Connecticut must continue to adapt to a changing business climate. Businesses care about transportation infrastructure, and we will continue to make new investments to create a more modern transportation future. Businesses care […]

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The Dreaded Property Tax

December 29th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

There’s no free lunch, right? But property taxes in some cities suck the financial life out of residents. CT Mirror reporter Keith Phaneuf examines the work of a legislative panel squinting to find answers. The panel studying Connecticut’s taxes off-and-on for two years has wrapped up its work struggling to find consensus on arguably Connecticut’s most […]

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GOP Chair Slater Calls Out Bridgeport Legislators On Syrian Refugees

November 18th, 2015 · 129 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

The municipal election cycle is over. Up next, the legislative election. Bridgeport Republican Town Chair John Slater isn’t wasting any time putting the city’s eight-member legislative delegation on the spot regarding their stance on Syrian refugees entering the state, an emotional issue that could find its way into state elections during a presidential year.

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Charter School Advocates Demand More Public Funds

November 11th, 2015 · 12 Comments · Education, News and Events, State Politics

Ebony Dennis Barnes was among the Downtown speakers on Tuesday that filled Baldwin Plaza behind the state courthouse urging more public funds for charter schools that operate independently of traditional school districts. Governor Dan Malloy supports charter schools but with push back from state legislators and opponents who maintain charters swipe money from neighborhood schools. […]

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