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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

Rubber Boots Made For Walking And Talking

June 21st, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

With rubber boots placed on the lectern, city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night barked out a number of observations to the City Council. From Lee: Greetings to you on the longest day of this year! You may get to see a “rose” or “strawberry moon” this evening, an unusual event that happens every […]

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Let The Sun In (Especially On Fiscal Matters)

June 7th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee stepped up to the podium at the City Council meeting Monday night to remind members not to spend too much time sunning on the beach. Council members, the capital and operating budgets have been set. Summer will soon be here. Is it time to kick back and party?

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Lee: McCarthy No Friend To Taxpayers

June 2nd, 2016 · 30 Comments · City Council, City Politics, State Politics

Summer is on the horizon with legislative campaigns in full gear. That means the city is sizzling in Democratic primaries for August 9. OIB will have a host of commentaries about the candidates both pro and con. We kick things off with the Lieutenant Columbo of fiscal observers John Marshall Lee who keeps coming back […]

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The Volatility Of Pension Payments

May 24th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget

To most observers, analyzing the municipal budget is a serpentine exercise in frustration. What’s fixed? What isn’t? What can be chopped? What must stay? Even with the best intentions at hand, paying pension obligations takes its toll on city taxpayers. For the budget year that begins July 1, the city received state legislative support to restructure […]

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Book Schools City Council On Minority Party Representation

May 18th, 2016 · 3 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

One-party rule is a disservice to taxpayers. That’s the message Republican candidate for State House Ethan Book shared with the City Council Monday night, urging the legislative body–all of them Democrats–to examine the benefits of minority party representation. Ethan Book can be reached at 203.943.0045, newenglimo@aol.com.

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Looking At Financial Reflections

May 17th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Some people look at a mirror and like what they see. Others, not so much. Addressing the budget process, citizen fiscal reflector John Marshall Lee asked the City Council Monday night “Did you look at yourself in the mirror?” From Lee: Is the budget process complete for 2017? Or are you waiting for shoes to drop […]

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The Budget, Bridgeport And Broadway

May 6th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Good theatrics make a point. City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee recently pulled out red rubber boots to make a point at public hearings regarding the city budget, the “symbolic representation of our sinking or all wet financial condition.” In the final public hearing on the budget, Lee commends councilors for scheduling four opportunities for […]

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Priority Is The Battle Cry As Council Prepares Budget Vote

May 3rd, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will likely vote on Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan by Saturday. The full council will then stamp its approval either Monday or Tuesday in a special meeting. As the committee prepares a vote members are examining the Police Department for a potential cut. Ganim’s budget provides the largest […]

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