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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's Budget Will Face New Scrutiny From Oversight Board

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's Budget Will Face New Scrutiny From Oversight Board

For two years, Mayor Luke Bronin has fashioned his city budgets from a mix of steep cuts, labor concessions and, at times, layoffs as he pleaded with state lawmakers for more money.

This year, with a massive state bailout that relieves Hartford of its debt burden, there won’t be as much guesswork in his spending plan. But an oversight board is watching the city’s finances, and the pressure to keep costs down has crescendoed.

“Anytime you avail yourself of additional state aid, all eyes are going to be on you,” said House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter, a...

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