It’s not every governor who can claim to put his state on the map.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office said today that the state has paid $100,000 in back dues to Discover New England, the regional tourism group that left Connecticut out of its promotional materials and, more oddly, literally off its map of the once-and-future six-state region.

“I’m pleased that we could release this money – which had already been allocated to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism – so quickly and get the state back on the map with its New England neighbors,” Malloy said.

Malloy has said that scrimping on tourism is short-sighted and costs the state money.

“Connecticut’s exclusion from overseas marketing materials and efforts – and with it, information about the state’s cultural venues, tourist attractions and other events – was embarrassing, and spoke to a larger lack of understanding about the decisions we need to make to invest in our state and our region.”

Now travelers coming up I-95 from New York no longer have to worry about the perils of crossing into the land of the unmapped.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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