Conn. economy likely to rule legislative session


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's new legislative session is expected to be a warm-up act for this year's governor's race.

The state's slow economic recovery and job growth will be top issues for lawmakers, who return to the state Capitol on Wednesday, and the candidates hoping to fill the state's top job in November.

In the weeks leading up to the General Assembly's opening day, Democratic and Republican legislators, as well as Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, have unveiled new proposals aimed at improving the state's economic and jobs picture — a key concern for voters.

But there is disagreement about which path to take. Democrats contend the state is moving in the right direction and investments still need to be made to improve job growth. Republicans say efforts have fallen short.

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