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State Bond Commission approve head start grant (and Boughton breathes easier...)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Time: 2:18 PM

UPDATE: Here's video footage to today's bond commission decision...



This afternoon, the State Bond Commission
approved the allocation of 600,000 dollars to the Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc. to assist in the building of a new head start facility on Main Street.
What Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell thought would be her last Bond Commission meeting didn’t go as planned, so she picked up the pieces and tried again Wednesday to borrow about $20 million for a number of capital improvements in cities and towns across the state.

The two Republican lawmakers on the 10-member Bond Commission didn’t make it easy for her. Rep. Vincent Candelora of North Branford voted against all nine agenda items and Sen. Andrew Roraback of Goshen voted against seven of the nine items.


When it comes to the Mayor Boughton and his handling of the city budget, this bond was rather important. Democratic Town Committee chairwoman Lynn Taborsak explain the matter in her News-Times letter to the editor.
It looks like there has been another shotgun wedding at City Hall. The City Council had to hurry up and agree to let Union Savings Bank buy the old police station.

Why the hurry? It's because Mark Boughton put the revenue from the sale of the building in the city's (May 3, 2010) operating budget. The closing must take place before June 30, 2011.

He used to complain about his Democratic colleagues in the General Assembly using one-shot revenues to fill holes in the state budget.

Now he is doing the same thing.

How does this relate to the upcoming budget...
Listen Mark, if you fill a hole in your operating budget with temporary dough, the hole magically reappears the next year and every year thereafter. Then you have a real problem.

You have to lay people off, throw collective bargaining out the window or sell some more assets.

Layoffs? Hmm...where have I heard that line before.
He said for Danbury, that means there are no sacred cows in the budget

"Everything is on the table. You'll see layoffs," Boughton said.

Imagine of this bond wasn't approved, placing the city's deal with Union Savings into jeopardy. Remember, this deal is VERY important because Boughton has already spent this money in the current budget.

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