The mil rate in Bridgeport is 54. In Hartford it’s 74–ouch–by far the highest in the state. Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan approved by the City Council calls for $4 million in union concessions to balance the budget, some of which he has achieved. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s budget anticipates $15.5 million in municipal givebacks. […]
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Worse In Hartford? Connecticut’s Bleeding Cities–Stafstrom: It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Worse Off … State Has Ignored Cities
August 29th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics
August 19th, 2016 · 13 Comments · News and Events, State Politics
Emboldened by key primary wins last week that propelled State Senators Marilyn Moore and Ed Gomes, the Connecticut Working Families Party is pressing Governor Dan Malloy to support legislation requiring large companies to pay a state fee for employing workers less than $15 an hour, arguing low-wage workers must rely on public aid programs that […]
August 14th, 2016 · 29 Comments · National Politics, News and Events
Losing steam in the polls and support within the Republican ranks, Donald Trump rolled into Sacred Heart University Saturday night full of blistering attacks. OIB friend Sue Katz was there and shares some images.
July 22nd, 2016 · 12 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events
From Jon Lender, Hartford Courant: The office of the U.S. Attorney is convening a criminal grand jury to investigate claims of illegal fundraising by the state Democratic Party for the benefit of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
April 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments · National Politics, News and Events, State Politics
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February 23rd, 2016 · 40 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
State Senator Marilyn Moore, up for reelection this year, wanted to experience the financial challenges of constituents so she took on a low-wage seasonal job at a retail store last summer. She shares her observations in this commentary that also appeared in the Hartford Courant. During my first year as a state senator, I championed […]
January 20th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
Former State Senator Andres Ayala’s service as DMV chief has crashed. What will Ayala do next? From Jon Lender, Hartford Courant: Andres Ayala Jr. has submitted his resignation as state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner after a nightmarish year of problems–including snafus with a new computer system, a tripling of wait times for DMV customers, erroneous […]
November 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
This is the second installment of Joe Ganim’s early years as mayor Slowly, the city began to inch out of the abyss. The around-the-clock hours of reversing red ink made Ganim’s eyes bloodshot. Whatever funds his municipal tourniquet saved went back into beefing up the strength of the police department to fight crime.
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