by Thomas Breen | May 18, 2018 8:08 am | Comments (29)
In a first pass at amending next year’s budget, alders recommended shifting $5 million from the schools to help cover public employee medical benefits, and they signed off on a proposed double-digit tax increase ... for now.
Continue reading ‘$5M Cut From Schools; Pension Idea Nixed’
by Thomas Breen | May 16, 2018 12:12 pm | Comments (8)
Cut the accounting gimmicks. Don’t backload pension payments. And watch out for money lost to active investment fees.
Continue reading ‘New FRAC Report Sounds Budget Alarm’
by Thomas Breen | May 10, 2018 1:51 pm | Comments (9)
Fifty New Haveners seized on their last public chance to influence next year’s budget by offering a litany of concerns with a proposed double-digit tax increase and the riskiness of borrowing a quarter of a billion dollars to fund city pensions.
Continue reading ‘Budget Watchdogs: No To Borrowing $250M For Pensions’
by Christopher Peak | May 8, 2018 8:38 am | Comments (23)
A small high school that can’t attract required white suburbanites and two alternative schools that can’t keep traumatized students in class should be shuttered this year, a school board committee suggested.
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by Thomas Breen | Apr 26, 2018 1:07 pm | Comments (5)
The city’s proposed new family justice center will not only make it easier for domestic violence victims to access legal help, housing assistance, childcare, and clinical and sexual assault services. It will also minimize the number of times victims have to share their stories and relive their traumatic experiences as they seek help.
Continue reading ‘Planned Domestic Violence Center Aims To Avoiding “Re-Victimization”’
by Thomas Breen | Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (30)
The city’s pension funds should have over $1 billion in the bank.
They have under $500 million.
That’s a problem. How to fix it?
Continue reading ‘Needed: $1.2B. In The Bank: $468M’
by Thomas Breen | Apr 16, 2018 8:03 am | Comments (22)
The city plans to increase the fine for the most common type of parking ticket by $5, with the hope of raising at least $300,000 in additional annual revenue for strapped municipal coffers.
Continue reading ‘That’ll Be Another $5, Scofflaws’
by Thomas Breen | Apr 13, 2018 8:15 am | Comments (4)
The contract-less city’s management and professional employee union voted to approve a new five-year pact by a nearly two-to-one margin — following a labor trend of trading increased medical costs and added health care responsibilities in exchange for raises.
Continue reading ‘City Union Votes 175-93 To Trade Health Givebacks For Raises In New 5-Year Pact’
by Thomas Breen | Apr 10, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (14)
The Middletown Avenue building that houses the city’s snow plows, street sweeping trucks and most public works staffers is crumbling under years of sustained exposure to salt, propped up by an “aluminum forest” of temporary support beams, and desperately in need of a $10 million comprehensive redesign and rehabilitation.
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by Thomas Breen | Apr 5, 2018 8:45 am | Comments (39)
Opposed to a tax increase, Gary Doyens slashed New Haven’s proposed city budget Wednesday night. He zapped a new social media expert. Canceled the “Escape” teen center’s lease. Killed a health clinic expansion. Took an axe to the police force.
Continue reading ‘City Budget Cut $10M — In Theory’