Health Care Act Has a nameCity Should Carefully Control servicesClimate Alarmists Ignore Causation optionsLocal Profits Should Mean Local Jobs

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Health Care Act Has a nameCity Should Carefully Control servicesClimate Alarmists Ignore Causation optionsLocal Profits Should Mean Local Jobs


Please stop using the phrase "Obamacare" when you write about the Affordable Care Act. It was not enacted by fiat by the president. Yes, it was proposed by the president, but it was enacted into law only after extensive debate by the House of Representatives and Senate. "Obamacare" has become a phrase often used by those who dislike the Affordable Care Act and work for its repeal. Please call it what it is: the Affordable Care Act.

-- Steven P. Floman Milford

As a member of the West Haven City Council, I have a responsibility to the residents of West Haven to make sure that when we spend their hard-earned tax dollars, we do so responsibly, after much deliberation and public discussion. That's why, last week, I introduced a package of commonsense proposals called the Taxpayer Empowerment Agenda that will put in place stronger standards for evaluating the privatization of public services to prevent Wall Street from buying up our beautiful community to pad their pockets.

Recently, the Board of Education signed a contract to outsource food service management to a for-profit company, Sodexo. There are too many examples of similar deals going bad to list, but New Haven residents remember that not too long ago they ended a food service management contract with another company, Aramark, after evidence of that company overcharging taxpayers emerged. We need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening in West Haven. The legislative agenda I proposed will make sure the public knows what's in the fine print when these contracts come up.

Nationally, there is an effort by Wall Street banks and corporate CEOs to purchase critical public assets for their own profit, often at the expense of the local community and our democracy. Our most sacred trust is the delivery and maintenance of city property and city services. Outsourcing too often means that we are giving up local control to private companies that lower the quality of services and reduce wages and benefits to increase their bottom lines.

Taken together, the package of 11 ordinances that I have proposed will bring greater accountability and transparency to our contracting procedures to ensure that we are getting the best bang for the buck and providing our front-line workforce living wages and decent benefits. …

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