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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

House Dems Imperil $80 Million Malloy Energy Auction

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

Critics say they have the votes to block Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to raise at least $80 million by auctioning the rights to serve certain electric customers, an idea opposed by AARP in a months-long, grass-roots lobbying campaign.

With one week until the end of the 2013 session, the fight exposes strains between the first-term Democratic governor and rank-and-file members of the legislature’s Democratic majority over a difficult budget.

Fifty of the 98 House Democrats have signed up as co-sponsors of an amendment stopping the energy auction, and minority Republicans are prepared to join them, giving the opponents a bipartisan majority, legislators said Wednesday.

“I am listening to my constituents, and they do not want this,” said Rep. Claire Janowski, D-Vernon, a seven-term legislator behind the amendment stopping the auction.

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