HARTFORD, Conn. – By the end of the day Thursday, both House and Senate Democrats who proposed suspending Connecticut’s landmark public financing system in 2016, had withdrawn their proposals.
Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) made the announcement early Thursday afternoon and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz agreed to find the money elsewhere later Thursday afternoon. The news of the reversal came part way through a press conference held by ConnPIRG, Common Cause, lawmakers and other defenders of the clean election system.
The Democratic caucus was under pressure from its own members and prominent Republicans like former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who signed the landmark legislation into law.
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