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State Republicans to caucus over Sikorsky deal

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STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut Republicans said they'll caucus on Thursday over a proposed Lockhead Martin Sikorsky Aircraft deal that promises to bring thousands of jobs and revenue to the state.

Sen. Len Fasano said his caucus will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. in advance of the legislature's special session next week.

Wednesday, Fasano and Rep. Themis Klarides sent a letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy to ask that the special session be expanded to discuss the state of Connecticut's economy in a bipartisan fashion.

Sikorsky said it needs to get the deal to the Department of Defense by Oct. 7.

Malloy said he expected state lawmakers to approve the $220 million agreement that keeps the Stratford-based company in Connecticut until June of 2032.

Under it, the helicopter maker can start production of a new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter in 2019 with delivery by 2020. The deal includes the production of nearly 200 helicopters.

Malloy said if the deal is not approved, it would mean the loss of thousands of jobs.

Sikorsky's president said the company had considered other states.

The special session to discuss the deal has been set for Sept. 28.

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