The CT Mirror’s Paul Stern reports “increasingly frayed nerves in all quarters as the stakes on legislative issues come into sharper focus.” What happens in Hartford directly impacts Bridgeport’s municipal budget now under review for the budget year starting July 1. Mayor Joe Ganim wants to hold the line on taxes with an eye toward a possible statewide run in 2018, after already amassing about $200K for his 2019 mayoral reelection year. Ganim has quite a juggling act on his hands.
In his story, Stern touches on several legislative issues that impact the city budget.
Also caught in the state’s growing need to reduce costs and/or raise revenue, however, Connecticut’s hospitals pushed back hard on Wednesday in an effort to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases recommended by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
… Money also figures heavily into the picture as legislators weigh the pros and cons of granting the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resorts Casino permission to build an East Windsor casino–the first off tribal property. Friday, State Attorney General George Jepsen said he saw little new in the tribes’ promise to continue paying the state a share of their slot machine revenue even if their compact with the state is invalidated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Full story here.