Connecticut legislators took a one-day break from re-election campaigns Wednesday to give bipartisan blessing to a $220 million incentive deal for Lockheed Martin that would keep its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary and production of its next generation of helicopters in a state desperate to grow its storied aerospace industry.
State environmental protection officials employed for 15 months a hazardous spills-response supervisor who was “incapable of performing the duties” — wasting resources and potentially threatening public safety — State Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward reported Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON — Every member of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation voted Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. It is the first override of an Obama veto.
In the world of megadeals that states craft to attract and keep employers, the $220 million in incentives that the Connecticut General Assembly is expected to approve Wednesday for Lockheed Martin to produce Sikorsky’s new helicopter line in Stratford doesn’t crack the top 75 — nor is it the biggest subsidy ever obtained by Lockheed.
About half of those who get coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange will need to change plans for next year. But the availability of a key source of help – brokers, who advised buyers of 40 percent of this year’s policies – will be significantly reduced, worrying some who say clients could struggle to get help picking the right coverage.
WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin was considering South Carolina, Florida and other states as places to build Sikorsky’s new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter – a Defense Department program expected to cost at least $25 billion – when the company and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a deal to keep the work in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
Legislators say a senior Lockheed Martin official told them in private meetings Monday that $200 million in incentives the company wants for its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary are needed to help offset the $400 million more it would cost to produce CH-53K helicopters in Connecticut in coming years rather than in competing states. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – The Air Force is investigating a fire that grounded an F-35 during a training mission in Idaho and hasn’t ruled out problems with a Pratt & Whitney-made engine like one that grounded the entire fleet two years ago. Continue Reading →
Compared to the rest of the country, Connecticut had the second-largest decrease in violent crime between 2014 and 2015 — about a million incidents or 8.5 percent. The state experienced overall its lowest of number of crimes since 1967 and was one of just nine that saw a drop in violent crime over the year. Continue Reading →
The Republican Town Committee of Torrington is expected to vote Tuesday to nominate Todd Schaller, a retired police captain, for the 65th House District as a late fill-in for Chris Diorio, who quit the race to unseat Democratic Rep. Michelle Cook. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — They won’t be on the stage for the presidential debates tonight, but Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein will be on the Connecticut ballot in November’s election, and are likely to pull votes from both major part candidates, especially Hillary Clinton. Continue Reading →
Most Republican legislators are expected Wednesday to support the Sikorsky Aircraft incentives deal negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a smart investment, while simultaneously arguing that the deal is necessary because of a high cost of doing business in Connecticut that they blame on the legislature’s Democratic majority. Continue Reading →
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WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are at the forefront of an effort to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would help the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks sue Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading →
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WASHINGTON — A group of liberal senators and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continued their battle Friday, with the lawmakers accusing the insurance executive of avoiding their questions about Aetna’s decision to quit 11 health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading →