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Lawmakers Fight Federal Transportation Cuts

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Representative Chris Murphy say Connecticut will be hurt by proposed cuts in federal transportation funding now being considered by Congress.

The two Democratic lawmakers have scheduled a news conference on today at commuter parking lot off Interstate 84 in Waterbury.

Blumenthal and Murphy say the Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has proposed a six-year transportation bill that would cut 35 percent of the current federal funding Connecticut receives for roads and bridges. They say that will cost the state an estimated $167 million a year and the loss of 5,817 jobs.

State legislators, the president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association and a chief engineer with the state transportation department are also expected to be on hand for the event.

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