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Busway Battle Goes to Washington

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Two Republican state legislators are
asking U.S. House Speaker John Boehner  to reject $460
million in federal funds earmarked for a busway from New Britain to
Hartford.

Sen. Joe Markley and Rep. Whit Betts say in the letter released
on Friday that allocating federal money for the project “would be
a huge waste of taxpayers’ money.” They maintain that there’s no
popular support for the project.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his state Bond Commission
recently approved nearly $90 million in state bonds to begin
construction of the 9.4-mile busway.

Malloy’s spokeswoman says the administration is hard-pressed to
see the sense of rejecting federal funding for a project that will
create construction jobs in the near term and economic growth and
accessibility in the future.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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