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Lawmakers consider $1.5 billion UConn expansion

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s $1.5 billion proposal to strengthen the sciences and boost enrollment at Connecticut’s flagship university has passed a key legislative hurdle. The General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee voted, 43 to 7, Tuesday to forward the bill for further consideration, despite some lawmakers’ concerns about cost. The legislation would build new labs and refurbish others, upgrade information technology, and renovate and build housing and parking at the University of Connecticut. The effort is expected to attract millions of dollars in research grants and boost the number of high-wage jobs in science and technology.

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