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Techncial Snafu Delays Connecticut Bond Commission Meeting

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Courtesy of CT-N
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A screenshot from a CT-N broadcast of a coronavirus briefing by Gov. Ned Lamont. The state Bond Commission tried to hold its first virtual meeting last Wednesday on CT-N, but technical problems arose.

A bond commission in Connecticut will make a second attempt at holding a virtual meeting on Thursday. Its first attempt last week failed due to technical issues, causing a further delay in the approval of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvement for cities and towns.  

The state Bond Commission tried to comply with the requirement for public meetings by having its virtual meeting last Wednesday carried live on CT-N, the Connecticut Network that provides TV and online coverage of state government. But there were problems. Governor Ned Lamont explained after he adjourned the meeting.

“We have had some technical issues. We were on CT-N earlier, briefly, for our Bond Commission meeting. That was interrupted by some audio issues which will be, er, we’ll get that meeting going again next Thursday.”

Kevin Maloney with the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, which represents most large cities and towns, says his members have expected the municipal aid money for school construction and other infrastructure improvements since last September.

“These funds have been forthcoming for the whole fiscal year, so it has caused some upset in towns. Even now they are trying to figure whether they have to allocate any unbudgeted local revenues to complete projects or to delay them until next year.”

The Lamont administration has promised to get the money out to cities and towns quickly after the Bond Commission approval.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.