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Clinton out-raises Trump in CT defense-industry campaign cash

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Following a national trend, Connecticut’s defense workers and their bosses overwhelmingly gave to the campaign of Hillary Clinton while slighting that of Donald Trump. According to a Connecticut Mirror analysis, as of the end of August, the Clinton campaign raised more than $56,000 from individuals who work for the state’s defense industry, while the Trump campaign raised only $3,094. Continue Reading →

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Sikorsky incentives win bipartisan approval in special session

Sen. Joe Markley, the only no vote in the Senate, and colleagues reading the Sikorsky legislation,

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. Continue Reading →

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As Sikorsky proves in CT, states will pay for aerospace jobs

Sikorsky's new heavy lift helicopter, now in flight testing.

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. Continue Reading →

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CT beat out S.C., Florida, others for billions in helicopter work

Sikorsky's new heavy lift helicopter in flight testing.

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 →

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Lockheed puts big number on cost of business in Connecticut

Lockheed Martin vice president Lawrence Duncan III, left, talking to Republican Reps. Charles J. Ferraro of West Haven and Ben McGorty of Shelton.

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 →

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GOP: Deal to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut is good and bad news

Gov. Dannel P.  Malloy and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz listening to a Sikorsky supplier, Mark Labbe, right.

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.
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In a turbulent year, Malloy makes a soft landing at Sikorsky

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a model of the CH-53K King Stallion.

STRATFORD — With a press conference Wednesday of the lawn of Sikorsky Aircraft, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a step toward rewriting his economic legacy from being the governor blamed for driving away General Electric and hundreds of headquarters jobs to the one who stabilized Connecticut’s aerospace industry for a generation. Continue Reading →

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