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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

Lee: Where’s The Trend Line On Job Creation?

May 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee raises a series of questions about job creation in the city. Lee commentary: What’s worrying City residents at this time? Taxes? Education? Jobs?

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Winds Of Change On City Council?

May 21st, 2015 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

There’s Bill Finch, Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello too running for mayor on the Democratic side. Enrique Torres is a Republican mayoral candidate. Okay, what about the City Council?

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City Hall And OATS, General Lee Tells Council To Be Budget Maneaters

May 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee often encourages City Council members to eat their OATs–open, accountable, transparent–while reviewing the city budget. In his latest address to the council Monday night, Lee suggests they coulda cut the budget they approved recently. From Lee: The budget for the 2015-16 that the Mayor presented to you in a […]

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City Council Rejects Tax Break, Plus: Lee On Budget: ‘Half Truths Of Padding, Ghost Employees And Half Stories’

May 5th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Update: votes against. In a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch Monday night the City Council torpedoed a proposed tax break for a developer. Prior to the council meeting citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, considering a run for City Council, addressed the legislative and budget body as a whole Monday night, “the last chance […]

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General Lee To Host Gardner Party

May 1st, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, weighing a run for City Council, on Sunday will host a fundraiser for Democratic mayoral candidate Howard Gardner.

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John Marshall Lee’s Quest For Answers (And Eating OATS) On The City Council

April 21st, 2015 · 21 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

For several years, community fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a painstaking presence at City Council meetings haranguing councilors on open and accountable government, fund balances, audits, financial reports, spending and taxes. He asks questions, but fields no answers to his satisfaction. Now he’s decided to be the guy to provide answers to the […]

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General Lee Marches Through Budget Proposal

April 14th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

It’s budget season in Connecticut’s largest city, and fiscal hawk John Marshal Lee raises a whole bunch of questions as the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee examines Mayor Bill Finch’s spending plan. From Lee: Council members and representatives of City governance present for the 2015-16 process, thank you for scheduling three hearings for this […]

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Lee To City Council: Follow The Money

March 21st, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

What’s in the city budget and who’s getting paid? City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee provides a primer to City Council members where taxpayer money is spent–in case councilors are not paying attention–in his latest address to the budget and legislative body. Money makes the world go around, and that is true for Bridgeport, too. […]

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