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Generous Public Employee Compensation A Burden On Taxpayers

July 6th, 2015 · 29 Comments · News and Events

In a commentary that also appears in the Hartford Courant, Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, writes “Connecticut pays its employees an average of 42% more in wages and benefits than large private sector employers.” Walker, a senior strategic advisor for PwC, is joined in the article by Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar […]

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Squeaker Vote, House Passes State Budget, Car Tax Cut For City Residents

June 3rd, 2015 · 39 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

It’s noisy in Hartford on the last day of the legislative session. The State House in a 73-70 vote Wednesday morning passed a controversial two-year $40 billion spending plan with tax increases opposed by some of the state’s business giants threatening to leave Connecticut. The budget awaits Senate approval. All six members of the city’s […]

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“Bridgeport Kids Can’t Wait”–Charter School Supporters Rally For Funds

May 8th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Education, News and Events

From Kathleen Megan, Hartford Courant: On a picture-perfect Thursday, hundreds of children, parents and grandparents donned chartreuse T-shirts and danced, shouted and pumped their signs at the Capitol to urge legislators to put money in the state budget to expand the number of seats available in charter schools.

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Gomes Urges Passage Of Body Camera Training For Cops

April 28th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Backed by State Senator Ed Gomes, legislation approved by the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday requires police officers to be trained in the use of deadly force and body cameras.

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Examining Distrust Between Minority Community And Police

April 3rd, 2015 · 5 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

An investigation by the Hartford Courant reveals 19 deaths of unarmed people in Connecticut involving violent confrontations with police occurred in the past decade. About 77 percent were black or Hispanic. No police officer was convicted of a crime. Minority lawmakers at a legislative forum including State Rep. Charlie Stallworth and State Sen. Ed Gomes […]

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‘I Warn You It’s Your Town Next’–Racial Profiling Incident Leads To Legislative Proposal

March 23rd, 2015 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

A few decades ago Bridgeport State Senator Alvin Penn was stopped by a Trumbull police officer that triggered racial profiling legislation. The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee on Monday approved legislation that prohibits cops from crossing town lines to enforce municipal code violations, a case stemming from an incident last year involving former Major League […]

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Duff Not Hot For More Slots

February 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments · News and Events

From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant: In a major blow for an expansion of gambling, the Senate majority leader said Monday that a proposal to legalize slot machines outside two Indian casinos is dead for this year.

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Stallworth: Ganim’s ‘The Buzz Thing In Bridgeport’

January 25th, 2015 · 56 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

The Hartford Courant’s Ed Mahony profiles former Mayor Joe Ganim’s possible run for his old job. Local Democrats are ducking for cover, trying to appear neutral should the glib Ganim challenge Bill Finch, the policy-driven, two-term incumbent, who, an aide said Friday, is pressing the state legislature to broaden anti-corruption laws and bar felons such […]

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