Governor Dan Malloy on Thursday announced the reappointment of Mark Ojakian as chief of staff and Ben Barnes as the state’s budget chief. Barnes worked in the Bridgeport school system prior to his gubernatorial appointment. From Malloy: Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that his Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian will continue serving in that […]
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April 28th, 2014 · 7 Comments · News and Events
Remember that $55 rebate Governor Dan Malloy promised you from the $500 million surplus? Not anymore, according to state budget director Ben Barnes in a letter to members of the General Assembly today. “We do not anticipate enough revenue to provide a tax refund or to make a supplemental pension payment, as we had hoped […]
November 26th, 2013 · 28 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events
UPDATE: Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post here Mayor Bill Finch on Sunday issued a news release informing that the State Department of Education and the city have reached a resolution for the city to comply with the mandated Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR). News release from Finch follows that also includes a joint letter to the […]
November 25th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education
Meeting governmental goals, policies and agendas require political friends in the right places, particularly in a city such as Bridgeport which doesn’t exactly have a reputation for a strong legislative delegation in Hartford to bring home the bacon. Love him or leave him (and he will be leaving soon to run for lieutenant governor in […]
April 17th, 2013 · 5 Comments · News and Events
News release from Mayor Bill Finch: City, town of Stratford and state officials today signed a historic document resolving a decades-long dispute regarding the construction of a runway safety zone at Sikorsky Memorial Airport, the Bridgeport-owned airport that is located in Stratford. Mayor Bill Finch and Stratford Mayor James Harkins were joined by Boston regional […]
State Tax Policies Bludgeoning Bridgeport Taxpayers And Beyond–Are Democratic Legislators Spend Crazy?
March 7th, 2013 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment
Last month bean counters from H&R Block declared Bridgeport suffers from the highest tax burden in the country. How do these folks calculate this stuff and is it real? Mayor Bill Finch cried foul, saying the blockheads did not include all the variables to reach such an excessive conclusion.
February 11th, 2013 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget
Ben Barnes, Governor Dannel Malloy’s state budget director, shares some insight into how the governor’s proposal to eliminate taxes on vehicles would impact taxpayers and municipalities trying to make up the revenue loss. He wrote to OIB on Sunday “on the subject of cars taxes, I did a little homework” following a chorus of concern […]