HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s attorney general says the state email system was not improperly used, contradicting claims by public employee unions that accused a conservative think tank of interfering with the ratification of a labor savings and concessions deal.

Attorney General George Jepsen said Thursday he’s closing the investigation.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition said the Hartford-based Yankee Institute obtained improper access to the state email system to spread false information about an agreement with the Malloy administration. The agreement, which called for concessions and cost savings, did not win enough support among workers to avoid layoffs.

Fergus Cullen, executive director of the Yankee Institute, said in a statement that the union wasted Jepsen’s time.

A spokesman for the public employees union did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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


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