UConn's Avery Point campus UConn
UConn’s Avery Point campus UConn
UConn’s Avery Point campus UConn

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano ramped up his criticism of University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst Monday – saying she should resign if cuts in the Republican budget would lead her to close the Avery Point campus.

His remarks came minutes after Herbst and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held a press conference at the Groton campus to say it could be closed if the Republican cuts were adopted.

“If UConn’s first decision when faced with these reductions is to target students and facilities like Avery Point, President Herbst should resign. That clearly is not the way to manage the nearly $1 billion provided in the state budget, not even including bonding, which passed the legislature with bipartisan support,” said Fasano in a press release.

The release included criticism of a list of Herbst’s spending priorities.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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