Bridgeport ordinance encourages local and second-chance hiring

The City Council has passed an ordinance encouraging developers who receive subsidies — tax incentives, breaks on the purchase price of public property — to prioritize local hiring. The hiring proposal, spearheaded by Councilman Ernie Newton, asks developers partnering on projects with the city to try to give 20 percent of new construction jobs created to “qualified” city residents and another 5 percent to those with criminal records.

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