Will these pols make up their minds! If the Dems had done this from the beginning maybe there’d be a deal. Do they have any clue? From Ken Dixon of the Connecticut Post:
HARTFORD – One step forward, then another step back, is the way the precarious budget talks with Gov. M. Jodi Rell are teetering, majority Democrats announced Wednesday after claiming that they offered to lower their proposed tax hikes on Connecticut’s highest earners.
“She’s just protecting the wealthiest folks in the state of Connecticut at this point in time,” Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, D-Brooklyn, said after a nearly two-hour session in Rell’s Capitol office. “That’s wrong. Everybody needs to sacrifice. We’re asking that everybody step up, especially the wealthy.”
Williams and Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan told reporters they have proposed $2.8-billion in spending cuts, but Rell refuses to approve tax hikes on the state’s wealthy.
Still, they said there’s a chance that a deal could be reached quickly, before the end of the month. The House and Senate have scheduled business sessions for August 27.
“We believe we had options on the table that she was interested in, she wanted time to look at them and she indicated to us she would have some positive information,” said Donovan, who was optimistic Tuesday but disappointed Wednesday. “We came in today and it was pretty much where we’ve been. It’s as if the governor doesn’t understand the real need for a budget.”
The Democrat’s previously proposed 6-percent tax on joint incomes over $500,000 would result in an extra $20 a week for wealthy families. Donovan said they revised the hike from the current 5-percent tax, but declined to elaborate.
Speedy recovery to City Councilman Bob Curwen who’s suffering from a severe infection in St. Vincent’s Medical Center after stepping on a nail more than a week ago. Curwen, who represents the 138th District and is co-chair of the Budgets and Appropriations Committee, was helping out a friend when the accident occurred. Curwen, a diabetic, was awaiting results of an MRI when I spoke to him late Wednesday afternoon.
Bob has been a patient in the medical center for several days. Mayor Bill Finch was among his visitors on Wednesday. Let’s all hope for the best.
Lake Meeting Tonight
North End Community Council – Lake Forest Association Community Forum
August 20, 2009, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lake Forest Association Clubhouse
424 Frenchtown Road, Bridgeport, CT
Lake Forest Association (LFA): The Lake Forest Association is a private neighborhood association, founded in 1942 for the purpose of maintaining the man-made lake, Lake Forest (formerly Island Brook Reservoir) for comprehensive aquatic recreational purposes for the membership, as well as maintaining the environment and quality of life of the surrounding neighborhood (approximately 1 sq. mile) in the northeastern corner of Bridgeport, CT.
The civic strength of the Lake Forest Association and Lake Forest neighborhood and name-sake city sector (consisting of some 600-700 households) — both representative of the demographic diversity of the city of Bridgeport — imparts leadership and partnership roles to the LFA; hence the LFA role in this evening’s community forum…
Contact Info (hall rentals, etc.): Phone: 203-371-7671; E-mail: LakeForestAssociation@gmail.com
The North End Community Council (NECC): The NECC is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3), civic organization, dedicated to serving the citizens of Bridgeport, CT, with a particular focus on the neighborhoods of the eastern North End… (Registered with the US Government/Internal Revenue Service and the State of Connecticut/Secretary of State’s Office)
The general mission of the NECC is the identification and elimination of the impediments to the social and economic progress and general well-being of the people of the eastern North End of Bridgeport as well as the Bridgeport community at large…
The NECC has sponsored a full range of civic/charitable programs – from the Trumbull Gardens Food Bank to the Trumbull Gardens Youth Baseball and Basketball Leagues — for over a decade… The NECC has maintained a leadership/advocacy role for the communities of the eastern North End through the agendas of four different city administrations…
Contact Information: Phone – 203-394-7678; E-mail – NECCBPT@aol.com; USPS address – P.O. Box 5386
*(Program Note: Tonight’s community forum is the third event in the on-going successful civic/community partnership of the NECC and LFA…)
The Program/Forum Format
7:00 PM – 7:20 PM — Introduction/statements of officials and candidates
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM — 3 Official Questions from each organization directed to specified officials/candidates (to be presented by the NECC and LFA moderators)…
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM — 10 questions from the public (written on index cards) directed to specified officials/candidates (5 from each organization), to be selected by volunteers from each organization from among the questions submitted by the public during the first hour of the forum…
9:00 PM -9:30 PM — Meet-and-greet for public and candidates/officials + light refreshment…
(Forum moderators: NECC – Audrey Barr; LFA – Doris Leger)
Mayor’s Office – Mayoral Chief of Staff Adam Wood
Bridgeport Police Department: Police Chief Joseph Gaudett; Deputy Chief James Honis
Councilpersons, 134th District: Michele Lyons; AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia
Councilpersons, 135th District: Warren Blunt; Richard Bonney
Council Candidates 134th District — D: Michele Lyons; AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia
R: Joseph Leonetti; Donald Pavia
Council Candidates 135th District – D *(primary): Warren Blunt; Richard Bonney;
Peter Clarke; Rev. Mary Lee; Isa Mujahid
R: William Pavia; Adam Peplau
Board of Education Candidates: D — Leticia Colon; Patrick Crossin; Bobby Simmons
R — Sauda Baraka; Raul Quiroga; Nate Snow
Town Committee Chairs: DTC — Mario Testa; RTC — Mark Delmonico
D and R District Leaders: (D) 134th – Dennis Scinto; (D) 135th – Warren Blunt
(R) 134th — Michael Moretti; (R) 135th — William Pavia
General Assembly: (126th) State Rep. Chris Caruso; (22nd) State Senator Anthony Musto
(23rd) Senator Ed Gomes