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HatCityBLOG 2007 Archive: Taborsak rips Boughton over budget

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM

One of the many themes we'll hear during the campaign (silly) season will center on Mayor Boughton's record when it comes to the budget...specifically, his out of control tax and bonding policy over the years.

To give you an insight on what's to come, from 2007 here's Lynn Taborsak taking Boughton to task for his budget proposal for the 07-08 fiscal year. Note the list of concerns from then Councilwoman Taborsak regarding several problems with the budget process, which was rushed due to the resignation of then
Department of Finance Chairwoman Dena Diorio.

Take note of the silly budget items from Boughton which Taborsak highlights, which include:

* 50,000 dollars in "transition" funding Ives Center.
* 146,000 tax break for BRT dormitory on Crosby Street.
* Lack of FULL broadcasting of meetings on the government access channel
* Hispanic Center funding taken away from them (in retaliation to the center's activism towards the rights of the immigrant community) to The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO).
* Underfund the school budget by 1 million dollars

Watch and learn...



Prepare for fireworks this election season as Taborsak has a history of really going after Boughton in a way not seen by previous Democratic candidates for mayor.

...in short, this is going to be UGLY.

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Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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