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Entries Categorized as 'State Politics'

Mayors Await–Will Malloy Put Words Into Action?

January 10th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

If Governor Dan Malloy runs for a third term in 2018, can he win? If he runs, he must make a whole lot of mayors happy and they make him happy in return. Otherwise, it’s sayonara. Unless, of course, the Republicans put up another flaccid candidate such as Tom Foley.

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Ganim’s Staffing Changes Lead To Salary Adjustments, Key Roles For Staley And Bartlett-Josie

January 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Following a shake-up of top-level officials last month, Mayor Joe Ganim has also altered salaries. With the start of 2017, as well, two women have emerged with influential roles, Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Staley and de facto chief of staff Christine Bartlett-Josie who has government and political experience. Ganim does not have a long political […]

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It’s Your Money–Malloy, Legislature Grapple With Pension Mess

January 6th, 2017 · 12 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

As CT Mirror reporter Keith Phaneuf writes, Connecticut’s public employee pension fund is a mess with a proposal pending to defer billions of dollars in contributions for at least 15 years. Municipal governments as well, including Bridgeport, are grappling with pension fund obligations stretching budgets. The issue will be a key component of the current […]

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Rosario Named Chair Of Key Legislative Caucus

January 5th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Bridgeport State Rep. Chris Rosario has been named chair of the Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus for the General Assembly session that convened on Wednesday.

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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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Kohut Decries Elitist Conspiracy To Stifle Bridgeport Development

January 4th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Politics, Development and Zoning, State Politics

City policy wonk Jeff Kohut, a 2011 mayoral candidate, is not bashful declaring the reasons he says Bridgeport development has not advanced like other Connecticut cities. He calls it the Stamford-Greenwich-Hartford “bullying of Bridgeport” to preserve the lower Fairfield County lifestyle, “especially cheap Bridgeport labor.” As the Connecticut General Assembly convenes this week for a […]

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Herbst: Padding Pensions Pilfers Taxpayers

December 28th, 2016 · 4 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Pondering another run for statewide office in 2018, Trumbull’s Republican First Selectman Tim Herbst writes in a commentary decrying the state’s underfunded pension liability, “There is a pervasive culture in Hartford, where the elite believe there is one set of rules for them and one set of rules for everyone else.” The commentary also appeared […]

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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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