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STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY UNION LEADERSHIP REGARDING SB 464

(April 7, 2016) – Today, union leadership and members of the Hartford legislative delegation held a press conference regarding Senate Bill 464, and efforts led by Mayor Luke Bronin to tackle a full-blown fiscal crisis in the state’s capital city. In response, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:
 
“I welcome today’s press conference as a good faith step, and I look forward to continuing to work hard with our union partners to close our massive budget gap in a responsible, honest way. We have tough decisions and tough negotiations ahead of us, but I take the union leadership at their word that they are committed to making real, substantial concessions to get Hartford on a path to recovery. I’ve been working closely with the Hartford legislative delegation throughout this process, and I appreciate the role that members of the delegation have played in making sure that everyone understands the urgency and gravity of our fiscal challenge.”
 
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Larson Touts Promise Zone Job Creation Act in Hartford’s North End

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) visited Associated Supermarkets in Hartford’s North End for a press conference announcing his bill, the Promise Zone Job Creation Act. Larson was joined by Mayor Luke Bronin, State Rep. Brandon McGee, State Rep. Matt Ritter, State Rep. Ed Vargas, and Lou Sterling, owner of the newly opened Associated Supermarkets. The Promise Zone Job Creation Act will create new tax credits to encourage employers like Sterling to hire residents of federally-designated Promise Zones and invest in the Zone.

“The North End and other Promise Zones face real problems, but they are also home to employers like Lou Sterling who want to help their communities rebound,” said Larson. “While the Promise Zone designation assures priority consideration for federal funding and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, I know we can do more. My bill would give Mr. Sterling and other employers a tax credit for investing in the Zone and its residents. I applaud Mr. Sterling for his efforts to revitalize the community, and I thank Mayor Luke Bronin, the entire Hartford delegation, and all of our local leaders for their strong support of Hartford’s Promise Zone.”

“In the North Hartford Promise Zone, we’re tackling the challenge of creating economic opportunity in a neighborhood that faces Great Depression level unemployment,” said Mayor Bronin. “That’s why measures like the Promise Zone Job Creation Act, which will incentivize companies and property owners to invest in the future of this long neglected neighborhood, are so important. I want to thank Rep. John Larson for his leadership on this issue and urge Congress to pass this critical piece of legislation.”

More information on the Promise Zone Job Creation Act can be found here, or by visiting: http://larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/2110-larson-rogers-cohen-and-wilson-introduce-legislation-to-spur-job-creation-and-investment-in-promise-zones.

 

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Rep. Larson joins Mayor Luke Bronin, State Rep. Ed Vargas, State Rep. Brandon McGee, State Rep. Angel Arce, Pastor A.J. Johnson, Lou Sterling, and Steve Harris at Associated Supermarkets.

 

 

Bronin, Ganim, Harp applaud lawmakers for protecting cities from budget cuts

Hartford, Conn (March 29, 2016) – Today, three mayors – Luke Bronin of Hartford, Joseph Ganim of Bridgeport, and Toni Harp of New Haven – are applauding the Connecticut General Assembly for protecting cities from budget cuts in a bill that was passed, which, if signed into law by Governor Malloy, will close a $220 million state budget gap. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly with overwhelming support (Senate 33-3; House 127-16).

“Thanks to the General Assembly for closing our state’s budget gap without putting municipal aid on the chopping block,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “As Hartford confronts a full-blown fiscal crisis, now more than ever we need investments from the state, which help keep the city from having to make even deeper cuts in city services and manpower. Thankfully, the General Assembly showed that it is committed to making tough budgetary choices while protecting Hartford and cities across the state.”

"Like the State of Connecticut, Bridgeport is also going through difficult financial times, with revenues just not catching up to ever increasing expenses,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. “We are also making the tough choices facing state lawmakers as they try to balance this year's state budget. We are very grateful for leadership in both chambers of the General Assembly for finding a way to balance the budget for this fiscal year without reducing critical investments in our cities. If this mitigation plan is signed into law, we can proceed in crafting our budget without major tax increases or drastic cuts that would harm our residents by reducing needed services. We stand willing to do our part to help the state find the savings necessary to achieve balance in the next fiscal year."

“The deficit package passed today in the legislature addressed this year’s projected state revenue shortfall, yet preserves critical aid for New Haven and other cities that would have been difficult to absorb at the local level with just 90 days left in the fiscal year," said New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp. "I think legislative leadership, and all who support this remedy, deserve a great deal of credit for reaffirming their commitment to the regional centers of commerce, healthcare, higher education, and culture, and to all those who live, work, study, and spend time in Connecticut cities."

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