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Entries Tagged as 'Ben Barnes'

City School Leaders Sweat Out State Budget Fiasco

September 27th, 2017 · 15 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The state that funds most city school expenses has no budget. Meanwhile, school officials have operated on city-budgeted cash to stay afloat. But that dough runs out next week. What to do? Contact state budget chief Ben Barnes who had served as finance director of city schools before his appointment as director of the Office […]

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State Leaders Join Ganim To Tout Legislative Achievements

June 15th, 2017 · 12 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Flanked by legislative and business leaders, Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday highlighted successes from the recently completed session of the General Assembly including approval to reduce the city’s unfunded pension liability, a thermal loop green energy project for Downtown and mixed martial arts and boxing matches for the Webster Bank Arena. See video above from news […]

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Will Another Butt Tax Hike Balance The State Budget On The Backs Of Poor People?

February 13th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

A sin tax is a go-to place for state bean counters to raise extra revenue to balance the books while asserting it could also help reduce major health issues. Critics argue, however, it disproportionately sucks financial oxygen from the poor, a debate lighting up the current session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

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Malloy To Appointees: Happy Holidays!

December 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · News and Events

Maybe Andres Ayala knew of something extra in his stocking when he accepted Governor Malloy’s appointment as motor vehicle chief. From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror: The holidays will be a little merrier for about 200 appointees of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other constitutional officers: They are getting raises ranging from three percent to 12 percent […]

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Malloy Likes His OJ

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · News and Events

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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Oops! There Goes Your Tax Rebate

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 […]

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Finch Announces Agreement With State To Resolve Education Funding

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 […]

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Vallas And Pryor, Finch And Malloy–Why Relationships Matter

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 […]

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