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Current News & Issues
PROTECTING OUR TOWNS' TAX BASE
The speaker, whose home community hosts Quinnipiac University, has argued that cities and towns have watched nonprofits — particularly colleges and hospitals — purchase increasing amounts of property off of their main campuses in recent years. READ MORE
READ THE CT MIRROR ARTICLE
HOUSE APPROVES MORE SCHOOL BUDGET FLEXIBILITY
The bill, championed by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, relaxes minimum spending requirements that prevent cities and towns from spending less on education than they did the previous year. READ THE CT NEWS JUNKIE ARTICLE
MORE TRANSPARENCY IN TOWN BUDGETING
The bill is part of a package of proposals put forth by House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, who has made regionalism and overhauling municipal government one of his legislative priorities.
READ THE HARTFORD COURANT ARTICLE
QUINNIPIAC PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS IN PARTY VIDEO ADD INSULT TO INJURY FOR HAMDEN TAXPAYERS
A video recently surfaced of John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University, speaking over a DJ’s sound system to hundreds of students gathered at a house in an otherwise quiet, residential area of Hamden. The party was clearly a nuisance situation for the neighborhood (the police had to come twice on noise complaints), alcohol was seemingly involved, and Mr. Lahey was caught by the camera posing for selfies with partygoers and ridiculously dancing to a song, with profane lyrics, called “Cut the Mozzarella.”
READ MY ENTIRE OP-ED WHICH APPEARED IN THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER
PROPERTY TAX FAIRNESS BILL MOVES FORWARD
“Hard-working middle-class families will see property tax relief, every town and city will receive an increase in state aid, and municipalities with a large number of tax-exempt properties will get additional funding,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden.
READ THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER ARTICLE
MEET THE LEADERS TAPING AT THE CAPITOL
Today I joined Cablevision’s David Smith for a special Capitol taping of their Meet the Leaders show. The importance of upgrading our transportation infrastructure and the benefits of a more regional approach to local government were among the topics we discussed during the segment. SEE THE VIDEO
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