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Bridgeport’s new central office administrators: combined salary and consultant fees of over $1 million dollars.

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What What’s a million dollars between friends… (especially when taxpayers think cuts are being made). Anyone with a child in Bridgeport’s public schools understands that funding is scarce. Some school programs are being modified, others are being cut and teachers and professional staff are being let go or transferred. What […] [Read More]
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Expanding Medicaid to low-income adults leads to improved health, fewer deaths

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As states consider expansion following Supreme Court ruling on health reform, study shows significant benefits of covering more people A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds that expanding Medicaid to low-income adults leads to widespread gains in coverage, access to care, and—most importantly—improved health and reduced mortality. It is the first […] [Read More]
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How Team Vallas Avoids Competitive Bidding

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What According to documents provided by City of Bridgeport employees, Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s $229,000 Part-time Superintendent of Schools, or members of his senior staff, provided false information on official City documents in order to use a technique called “sole-sourcing” to give a major City contract to a company called the […] [Read More]
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FeedIng Hungry America: It’s a SNAP!

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Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, is deeply concerned that the Farm Bill recently approved by the House Agriculture Committee would increase child hunger. The bill cuts $16.5 billion from the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), which provides food relief to low-income individuals, nearly half of whom are children. Proposed cuts would […] [Read More]
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“It is not a conflict” says school board appointee whose family “wins” half a million dollar contract.

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What Not a Conflict says Malloy school board appointee whose family company will get 60 of 130 new preschool slots in Bridgeport. The Connecticut Post has picked up on the news that two daycare facilities that are personally connected to one of the Malloy Administration’s seven appointees to Bridgeport’s illegal […] [Read More]
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Pullman & Comley and Career Resources Distribute Computers to Connecticut’s Unemployed

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A personal computer is a valuable job search tool, but for the unemployed and underemployed, a home computer might not be affordable during their time of need. Local law firm Pullman & Comley donated 175 gently used PCs to the long-term unemployed clients and other participants in Career Resources, Inc.’s programs. The computers were distributed […] [Read More]
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Linda McMahon’s Tax Returns Show She Made $30.6 Million

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Linda McMahon’s tax returns underscore her self-serving politics and show how the Republican millionaire is promoting policies that stand to benefit millionaires like herself. On Friday, McMahon finally succumbed to weeks of bipartisan public pressure and released her tax returns which showed that the millionaire made almost $31 million in 2010 alone, and paid leess […] [Read More]
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Federal Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs

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Education stimulus funds largely met the goal of saving or creating jobs for K-12 teachers and other education personnel, according to a summary of three years of survey research by the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University (CEP). However, ongoing state budget shortfalls have slowed state implementation of education reforms tied to […] [Read More]
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Another Bysiewicz Disaster: Attack Ad Hits Wrong Murphy

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Adding to a series of political missteps, Susan Bysiewicz today began airing an ad that takes aim at her rival for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Murphy. The problem is, Bysiewicz is actually attacking former Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY). The new ad accuses Chris Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than […] [Read More]
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Why Cell Phone Use While Driving is Dangerous

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It’s Not Just “Distracted Driving” 1. Cell phone users are driving with only one hand on the wheel, which is inherently dangerous and which means that: 2. Cell phone users don’t signal for turns and lane changes. Honk if you see someone driving while talking, or even worse, texting. I do! [Read More]
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