On Tuesday, thanks to Mayor Bill Finch and his team of advisers and associates, the voters of Bridgeport will be asked to give up their democratic rights to choose the members of Bridgeport’s Board of Education. Instead, the Mayor will take over that task.
A coalition of “education reformers” and corporate executives in Fairfield Country are spending a record amount of money to convince Bridgeport voters that it is in their interest to VOTE YES on Question 1, although they go out of their way to make sure that voters don’t understand that a YES vote on Question #1 actually means the people give up their right to select who should oversee Bridgeport’s schools.
QUESTION #1 (misleading language reads):
“SHALL THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT APPROVE AND ADOPT THE CHARTER CHANGES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION AND APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, INCLUDING EDUCATION GOVERNANCE REFORMS?”
Residents for a Better Bridgeport, is the Political Action Committee that is leading the Mayor’s effort. Along with the corporate advocacy group Excel Bridgeport, Inc. and the national “education reform” group StudentsFirst, the Mayor’s operation will break all spending records on a charter reform vote.
Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center are two of the largest corporate donors to Residents for a Better Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Hospital donated $14,422.90
St. Vincent Medical Center donated $14,400
Bridgeport has two major urban hospitals that are dedicated to providing emergency and critical care to the people Bridgeport and Fairfield County. However, apparently they both have the financial resources to make maximum donations to an effort to undermine democracy in the city that they call home.
And yet, every year, these two hospitals beg the Governor and General Assembly for financial support to stay in business.
Last year, Bridgeport Hospital provided $13.6 million in care to people who had no health insurance. Add in the bad debts from people who couldn’t pay their full bill, and Bridgeport’s total level of uncompensated care exceeded $41.9 million
Meanwhile, St. Francis provided $9 million in care to those with no health insurance. Add in their bad patient debts and St. Vincent’s total uncompensated care was $41.8 million.
So how do these hospitals stay in business?
The State of Connecticut provides these hospitals with major subsidies, using taxpayer funds.
Think of it this way… Without your knowledge or support, some of your tax dollars are going to fund Mayor Finch’s power grab. Of course, when it comes to using scarce resources, the corporate executives as these two hospitals find other favorite areas of expenditures:
Bridgeport Hospital: Total salary and compensation for top corporate executives
President/CEO William Jennings: $764,770
Senior Vice President of Finance/CFO: $688,999
Senior VP of Human Resources: $468,241
Senior VP/COO: $458,001
Vice President: $452,611
St. Vincent Medical Center: Total salary and compensation for top corporate executives
President/CEO Susan David: $1,484,755
Senior VP of Finance/CFO: $567,478
Senior VP: $456,215
Vice President: $455,920
So next time you pay your taxes, or write out your health insurance premium payment, take a moment to remember just where some of that money is going.
And it’s not like there is no one who could step in and stop this madness. The following are the members of the Board of Trustees for Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center, but then again, maybe they are just going along for the ride.
Bridgeport Hospital Board of Trustees:David Bindelglass Emily E. Blair Gayle L. Capozzalo George P. Carter John Falconi Robert S. Folman Richard M. Freedman Janet M. Hansen Richard M. Hoyt William G. Hulcher Peter F. Hurst William M. Jennings Newman Marsilius, III Patricia L. McDermott Ronald B. Noren Jeffrey P. Pino Meredith B. Reuben Howard L. Taubin
St. Vincent Medical Center Board of TrusteesSr. Martha Beaudoin Peter Boone Susan L. Davis George Goldfarb Daniel Gottschall Edward T. Grossman Sr. Maura Hobart Anthony Milano Manuel Pun Ruben Rodriguez Charles Strauss Anthony Vallillo Brian Worrell