Connecticut governor gets approval for lab investment
HARTFORD, Connecticut: Governor Dan Malloy (D) has recently secured an investment in a major genetic research initiative. With a vote of 8-2, the State Bond Commission allocated $291 million to build and supply a new 173,000 square-foot research center for The Jackson Laboratory at the University of Connecticut Health Center campus. The money will also be used to pay for approximately one-third of the lab's costs of operation for the next decade.
The project was granted preliminary approval by the Connecticut General Assembly in October, although the Republican minority in both chambers strongly opposed the deal. The two dissenting votes came from the only two Republican members of the bond commission, Senator Andrew Roraback and Representative Sean Williams.
The Malloy administration estimates that the project will create over 7,400 new jobs in the next two decades.
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