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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

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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Crunch Time For Budget Committee, ‘Overtasked And Understaffed’

April 28th, 2016 · 18 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The nights and weekends are long for the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee reviewing Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million spending plan in a compressed cycle. It takes endurance. Seven weary members of the committee will vote on various aspects of the budget within the next nine days before it goes to the full […]

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Fiscal Watchdog Questions East Side Development

April 25th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has been working overtime examining the proposed city budget and asking lots of questions at City Council public hearings. Monday night the Budget and Appropriations Committee considered a “Resolution Authorizing Capital Improvements and Allocation of Bond Proceeds for the Crescent Crossing Phase 1B” housing project on the East Side. […]

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Crickets … Two Speakers For City Council Public Hearing On $560 Million Budget

April 22nd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Well, two speakers are better than none, right? At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday Scott Burns, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, called the meeting to order for the public to speak on Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed $560 million budget. Michael Bottillo, a postal worker from the West Side, stepped up to the microphone. “The […]

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