Hartford Mayor to Deliver State of the City Address Tonight

The mayor of Hartford will deliver the state of the city address tonight, less than a week after sitting down with state officials to discuss the possibility of the state helping the city with its budget crises.

The city of Hartford is facing a growing budget shortfall that is approaching $50 million next year.
After the meeting last Wednesday, Mayor Luke Bronin said he is not interested in surrendering control of the city and the state taking over.

"What we want to make sure is we have the ability and the authority to take responsibility to make the changes that are necessary to get the city of Hartford’s financial house in order,” Bronin said.

Bronin said city officials have put a freeze on hiring, decreased overtime and suspended purchase.
The state of the city address will be at city hall at 5 p.m. It is open to the public.

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