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Hartford Council Breaks With Bronin On Finance Bill

Hartford Council Breaks With Bronin On Finance Bill

HARTFORD — A bill creating an oversight panel that would have final say over new Hartford union contracts was dealt a blow Monday: the city council refused to back the measure.

The council voted 8-1 to postpone indefinitely — effectively killing — a proposal showing support for the legislation. Members said they were persuaded by an outpouring of comments from union representatives, retirees and city residents, who pleaded with them to reject the measure.

The move also signaled a further divide in city leadership. Mayor Luke Bronin has pressed for the legislation, saying Hartford can't afford to count on significant concessions from its unions. The city faces...

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