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Entries Tagged as 'Ken Flatto'

A City Budget, A State Budget Unfinished, So Many Questions

June 6th, 2017 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, State Politics

Hartford is a complete maddening mess in the final days of the legislative session that looks like a special session will be required to pass a state budget. It was one of several topics that citizen budget scrutineer John Marshall Lee addressed to the City Council Monday night. I know that State grants to cities […]

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Ouch! Malloy Slashes Bridgeport Slot Take

May 11th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Governor Dan Malloy’s deficit-mitigation plan to the state legislature may cause more financial pain for municipalities for the budget year ending June 30, including slashing $1.9 million due Bridgeport from the tribal casino slot take. If it goes through it could cause belt tightening for the city to avoid a year-ending deficit with just seven […]

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Ganim Presents Budget To City Council With No Tax Increase, “Predicated On State” Resources

April 4th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim Monday night led a prayer prior to the start of the City Council meeting hoping perhaps for a little manna from heaven as his proposed budget that holds the line on taxes survives anticipated revenues from the state “running a parallel path” during its budget deliberations.

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Lee, Flatto Disagree On Print Shop Numbers

April 3rd, 2017 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education

City fiscal observer John Marshall Lee has engaged in a give and take with Finance Director Ken Flatto over expenditures in the municipal print shop. Lee addressed this subject in comments to the City Council Monday night. Women and men of the City Council, let’s revisit the operation of the City Print Shop and its […]

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If The Print Shop Could Only Print Boots Filled With Money

March 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee systematically reviews department expenditures looking for clues in how taxpayer money is spent. Monday night he addressed the City Council about the city’s Print Shop. Hmmm, if only they could print money. From Lee.

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Will Scott Feel The Budget Burn?

March 20th, 2017 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Standing outside O&G’s ominous stockpiling plant in the East End, the wind whipping off Yellow Mill Pond, City Councilman Scott Burns joined Mayor Joe Ganim and several of Burns’ Black Rock constituents last week saluting Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe’s order to shut it down while reminding the construction services firm the battle ahead in […]

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Who Are Watchdogs On City Council?

February 23rd, 2017 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

City fiscal examiner John Marshall Lee Tuesday night encouraged City Council members to step up their watchdog roles in the city budget process. From Lee: Three weeks ago Kenneth Flatto, City Finance Director, sent out the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 2016 as required along with his letter to us all before the […]

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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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