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“Democrat leadership appears lost,” according to Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.
The plan includes dedicating $375 million in General Obligation bonding to transportation annually for the next five years.
“If we want to grow jobs, grow our economy, and get our state on a path of success, we need to fix our transportation system and provide more stability in our finances,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.
Panuzio later served as an adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush on urban affairs.
GOP leader Len Fasano wondered if the governor is "going to take a stand on anything, or is he going to continue operating in fear of Democrat legislators?”
Gov. Ned Lamont greeted the proposal with enthusiasm, while Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano said it would result in a state tax increase “of well over $1 billion."
The 45-year-old Santiago had been active in trying to clear legislative hurdles to building a casino in Bridgeport, and was in the midst of efforts to create a State of Connecticut Bank.
Stallworth is the third Democrat and the third African-American to announce plans for the Bridgeport mayoralty.
“I’m open to every discussion – I’m not a pure ‘no’" on electronic tolls, as are some of his high-profile Republican colleagues, the Transportation Committee member says.
Testa served three terms as Peekskill’s mayor before running for county office. He is now finishing his fifth term as county legislator.
The legislation also authorizes municipalities to establish a tax-deferment program for their affected federal employees.
Noting that he sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Murphy said he was determined to “try and bring road and railway money back to Connecticut” this year.
The onetime National Teacher of the Year described herself as “optimistic of the work we will do to ensure that America’s youth are prepared to compete on a global stage for generations to come.”
"No more funny math or budgetary gamesmanship,” the new governor told the legislature. “Don’t tell me some consultant says there are $1 billion in easy spending cuts -- show me the money or I will show you the door.”
Steve Stafstrom will serve as co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, replacing Rep. William Tong, who gave up his seat to run for – and win – state attorney general.