Bill To Make State Aid Info Accessible

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo is pushing for new legislation that would provide the public with more information about the hundreds of millions of dollars the state invests every year in its economic assistance programs.

Lembo, a Democrat, is scheduled to testify Monday in favor of the bill before the legislature’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.

The legislation would create a publicly accessible, online database where people could review state tax credit and economic development programs. The public could check to see who is receiving the assistance, what type of aid they’re receiving, the value and purpose of that assistance, the anticipated results and the actual results of the aid, such as additional jobs created.

Lembo recently launched “Open Connecticut,” a website that makes state financial documents more publicly accessible.

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