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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON JUSTICE MCDONALD’S NOMINATION

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON JUSTICE MCDONALD’S NOMINATION 

HARTFORD,CONN. (March 27, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin released the statement below after State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald’s nomination to be Chief Justice was defeated in the State Senate.

“Today, for the first time,Connecticut saw Trump-McConnell-style partisanship take over our judicial nominations process.  Worse than that, this vote was partisan politics mixed with prejudice.  I’ve known Andrew McDonald for almost twenty years, and I cannot think of anyone who would be a better Chief Justice.  There is no question about Justice McDonald’s qualifications.  He is a respected jurist and a sitting member of the Supreme Court, and he has held leadership positions in all three branches of government.”

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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON CONTRACT ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF CONNECTICUT

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON CONTRACT ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD, CONN (March 26, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin issued the statement below after the City Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract assistance agreement with the State.  Under the contract assistance agreement, the State will assume the responsibility for paying the City’s annual debt service payments.  The City expects to refinance that debt at the direction of the State to ensure that the annual debt payments do not exceed $40 million.  Last fall, the State legislature adopted a bipartisan budget that allows fiscally strained municipalities to apply for assistance in exchange for accepting certain reporting and oversight obligations under the Municipal Accountability Review Board.

“Our primary mission over the last two years has been to put Hartford on a sustainable fiscal path, without faking it or doing things that might buy time but make the problem worse down the road,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We cut tens of millions of dollars in spending, negotiated dramatic savings with our labor unions, and secured a commitment from our biggest employers to be part of a comprehensive solution.  We also made clear from the beginning that even the most draconian cuts and the most dramatic labor concessions would not be enough to provide fiscal stability to a city built on the tax base of a suburb, with half its property tax-exempt, and with rising fixed costs locked in years ago.”

Mayor Bronin continued, saying, “Last fall, we made the case to legislators from both parties that there were only two true paths to solvency: bankruptcy, or a new partnership with the State of Connecticut.  Legislators of both parties chose to build a new partnership, and we welcome that new partnership.

“When you combine this agreement with the deep cuts we made, the significant labor savings we achieved, and the commitment from our corporate community, we can see a path to balanced budgets for the next five years.  Those budgets will be very tough and very tight, but for the first time in decades, we will be able to look people in the eyes and tell them that their Capital City is looking at balanced budgets instead of a sea of red ink.”

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NO PARKING BAN IN CITY OF HARTFORD

NO PARKING BAN IN CITY OF HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (March 21, 2018) – This afternoon Mayor Bronin released the statement below announcing the City of Hartford will not be activating a snow parking ban for today’s storm.

“We are not activating a snow parking ban for today’s snow storm,” said Mayor Bronin.  “By not imposing a ban, we are taking a calculated risk to increase the chance of keeping school open tomorrow.  We are still expecting between 4 and 8 inches of snow starting later today and going into the night, and our Public Works team will not be able to plow as effectively as they would if we activated a parking ban.  If you live in Hartford, please make an extra effort to find and utilize off-street parking if at all possible.  If you commute to Hartford, please anticipate a longer commute tomorrow morning.  Again, we are making a conscious decision that will make the cleanup more difficult, but maximizes the chance of keeping schools open tomorrow.”

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