Jackson Lab To Get Credit For UConn Jobs After All

PAT EATON-ROBB,Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Changing its official stance for the third time in two days, the Malloy administration says a bio-science firm will get credit for creating jobs that will be funded by the University of Connecticut.

State Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden, had complained after learning that 10 UConn scientists who would work at the planned $1.1 billion Jackson Laboratory facility in Farmington would be credited as among 300 jobs the lab agreed to bring to the state in exchange for $290 million in government aid.

After initially confirming Suzio’s understanding of the deal, the governor’s office said Wednesday night the UConn jobs would not help the company meet its job-creation obligation.

But on Thursday, Catherine Smith, the commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, reversed course and acknowledged they would.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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