$108 M in muny aid saved, at the expense of 1,000 more layoffs

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Roy Occhiogrosso, Gov. Malloy’s top advisor, just told reporters that the municipal aid reduction proposed by the governor has been saved by lawmakers. The result will be that instead of 6,500 current employees getting layoff notices, about 7,500 will be laid off by September 1. Plus, 1,000 vacancies will not be filled. [Read More]

Forgot those local budgets! Muny aid taking big hit: Malloy

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So much for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s election-year, no-new-taxes budget. Under Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget revisions he will present to the General Assembly tomorrow, Bridgeport would take a hit of more than $900,000. Here’s the list of proposed town-by-town cuts, according to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. The total cuts amount to about $54 million […] [Read More]

Reapportionment hearing scheduled for Thursday in Norwalk falls victim to special legislative session

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The legislative Reapportionment Committee had a public hearing scheduled for Thursday night in Norwalk to listen to public input on where legislative and congressional district lines should be redrawn. But the special legislative session scheduled to tackle, yet again, the state budget has precluded it. It will be rescheduled for July 18 at 7 p.m. in […] [Read More]

Concession breakdown an across-the-board embarrassment for union leaders

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Gov. Dannel Malloy is bound to see his approval ratings rise in the polls if he eventually pulls the trigger on 7,500 or 8,000 layoffs. And how embarrassed are national union figures who called Malloy the poster boy for level-headed dealings with state workers at a time of national push-back? Too bad too many self-centered veteran […] [Read More]

Let’s visit Grand Rapids, Michigan!

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  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPjjZCO67WI [Read More]
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Malloy, on WNYC, defends his budget, “paid sick leave,” marijuana decrim, same-sex marriage

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The governor is on WNYC radio with Brian Lehrer right now. “We were in a bigger hole,” he said, when asked to compare Connecticut’s budget crisis to New York State. “Our deficit represented about 18 percent of revenue,” Malloy said in defense of his tax-raising tactics that have apparently netted his 38-percent approval rating in […] [Read More]

Himes joins chorus for Weiner resignation

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 Fourth District U.S. Rep. Jim Himes this morning joined the chorus in calling for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of Queens, N.Y. to resign. Himes said he has donated the $2,000 in political contributions he has received over the last two election cycles from Weiner to the Yerwood Center on Stamford’s West Side. “While millions of Americans go […] [Read More]
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