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Entries Tagged as 'Ben Barnes'

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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Bridgeport, Stratford Sign Deal For Airport Safety Zone

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 […]

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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.

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Barnes Breaks Down What Car Tax Shift Means To The City, “Change Will Help Most Residents”

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 […]

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State Budget Director Ben Barnes: Most Residents Will Benefit From Car Tax Shift

February 9th, 2013 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes, in a comment he posted on OIB writes the governor’s proposal to put the brakes on auto taxes “does indeed assume that communities will make up most or all of the lost car taxes with a shift onto other property taxpayers.” City bean counters are reeling from the […]

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Yikes! Cuts, Cuts And More Cuts–Malloy, State Bean Counters Announce Budget-closing Measures

November 28th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Social services, school-based health clinics and state universities were among the casualties of $170 million in cuts announced Wednesday by Governor Dannel Malloy to carve into a budget shortfall of more than $300 million. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is also among a long list of items facing cuts. Within the next day or so we should […]

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More Red News, $365 Million Hole

November 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments · News and Events

From Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becke, www.ctmirror.org This year’s state budget is $365 million in the red, nearly double the level needed to compel Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to prepare a deficit-mitigation plan, according to written testimony from Malloy’s budget chief.

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State-Appointed School Board, Following Final Meeting, Makes Its Case For Progress

September 2nd, 2012 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

On Tuesday nine candidates for Board of Education will be on the ballot for a special election ordered by the Connecticut Supreme Court after it overturned the move last summer that led to state control of city schools. The elected school board will be reseated once the Tuesday results are certified by elections officials. Four […]

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