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CT Republicans call for Malloy to hold special session after Sikorsky deal

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Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. (WFSB photo) Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. (WFSB photo)

Connecticut Republicans are calling for a special session after a deal between an aerospace company and Connecticut is expected to create thousands of jobs.

The agreement with Lockheed Martin would keep helicopter-maker Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford through 2032.

"By securing this agreement, we will strengthen our position as a leader in aerospace and defense industry fields for many, many years to come," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "Over this time period they will spend $1 billion in capital expenditures in Connecticut, more than $11 billion in Connecticut payroll, and more than $6 billion within the state with state suppliers."

As part of the deal, the state could provide more than $200 million in grants and tax exemption incentives.

On its end, Sikorsky would keep and add 8,000 jobs and build 200 new U.S. Navy helicopters while nearly double its spending of $350 million per year in Connecticut.

"What the Blackhawk did for Sikorsky for the last 30 years, is what the 53K will do for the next 30 years," said Sikorsky President Dan Schultz.

The deal with also have a major economic impact on in state suppliers...businesses that work with the manufacturer.

The agreement needs to be approved by the state legislature, which is expected to hold a special session in the coming weeks. It also needs to be approved by a local union.

Sen. Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) sent a letter to Malloy to urge him to call a special session. 

"By expanding the Special Session’s call of measures to be taken up, we can seize that opportunity in a bipartisan fashion. We write to urge you to convene a meeting of the legislative leaders as soon as possible to discuss the expansion of the call," Fasano  and Klarides said in the letter. 

Fasano and Klarides said they want to "send a positive message to state businesses and residents" and they feel waiting until next session. 

"We think we can all agree that the status quo is not the answer. Given the above facts and your recognition of the difficult place we find our state in, our caucuses believe that we need to act now. We are in a financial crisis that never seems to end. Although the legislature is 'part time', given where we are as a state economically, we need 'all hands on deck,'" Fasano and Klarides said. 

To read their full letter, click here.

The announcement comes a week after jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney announced that it would create thousands of new jobs over the next decade.

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