by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 16, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments (10)
In a budget season in which school spending has taken center stage, Alder Michael Stratton is floating a new proposal to examine the Board of Ed budget more deeply.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 10, 2014 12:24 pm | Comments (31)
“Do you want to change your testimony about these numbers?” asked the trial lawyer.
No, replied the witness.
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 2, 2014 8:14 am | Comments (14)
(Updated with Stratton response) Mayor Toni Harp responded Tuesday to Alder Michael Stratton’s accusations that the city’s schools spending is “illegal.”
You’re wrong, she said. And don’t try to “balance our budget at the expense of our children.”
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 1, 2014 8:03 am | Comments (55)
After six hours of painstaking budget deliberations, an argument over adding new staff to the mayor’s office reached its rhetorical peak:
“You should be embarrassed!”
“No, you should be embarrassed!”
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 31, 2014 4:09 pm | Comments (8)
(UPDATED: 4:15 p.m.) A trial lawyer who makes his living collecting workers compensation from cities found himself on the other side of the table—looking for a way New Haven can pay less than $9 million per year on employee injury claims.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 28, 2014 6:18 pm | Comments (27)
(Updated with city, schools response.) Slash the finance department in half. Cut $583,000 from city libraries. Take $40 million away from public schools. Cut taxes by 5 percent and create a “WPA” jobs program. And become more like Lowell, Mass.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 27, 2014 6:56 am | Comments (57)
Alder Michael Stratton took his critique of the mayor’s proposed budget to a new level Wednesday. It’s not just a bad budget, he said; it’s against the law.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 26, 2014 5:12 pm | Comments (11)
Controller Daryl Jones said the city’s computer technology is so “antiquated” that city workers sometimes can’t even open messages received from more newfangled email systems.
by Thomas MacMillan | Mar 21, 2014 8:48 am | Comments (20)
Mayoral staffers looking to convince lawmakers to create a new four-person grant writing department faced a question from East Rock Alder Anna Festa: Why not try it before you buy it?
by Staff | Mar 14, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments (1)
The People’s Caucus, a dissenting bloc of seven members of the Board of Alders, has postponed a public meeting planned for Saturday to unveil an alternative to Mayor Toni Harp’s proposed new $511 million city budget.