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Pentagon wish list would be gift to CT defense industry

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has given Congress wish lists totaling more than $30 billion in additional weaponry and personnel that could substantially boost the number of F-35s and Sikorsky helicopters purchased this year. These requests are in addition to the $30 billion President Trump has sough in increased funding for the Pentagon this year. Continue Reading →

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Outgoing Navy secretary still urging a base-closing round

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess capacity than the other services, but he also said all Navy facilities would be on the table, even sub bases, if there were a new base-closing round. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House approves terrorism risk insurance

Washington – To the relief of the property and casualty insurance industry, the House on Wednesday approved legislation that would reauthorize a program that serves as a backstop for insurers when they are faced with large claims resulting from a terrorist attack. Continue Reading →

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High-income CT sends U.S. more in taxes than it gets back

WASHINGTON – When it comes to federal dollars, is it better for Connecticut residents to give or to receive? It depends on who you ask. Connecticut is among about 14 states receiving less in federal dollars than its residents pay in federal taxes.
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CT lawmakers hope to harness anger at Russia to help Sikorsky

Washington – Ignored by the Pentagon and State Department, Connecticut lawmakers hope increasing congressional anger towards Moscow will finally force the end of U.S. purchases of helicopters made by Russian state arms dealer Rosoboronexport destined for the Afghan armed forces. Continue Reading →

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