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Malloy Chastises Connecticut Legislature Over CT-N Takeover

Harriet Jones
Governor Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel Malloy has condemned the legislature’s decision to take over control of the CT-N public affairs network as “despicable.” 

CT-N’s parent body, the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, ceased operations last week, after lawmakers imposed a 65 percent budget cut, and refused to allow the network full editorial control of its content.

The Office of Legislative Management has offered new contracts to CT-N staff, but so far this week, the network has produced no new coverage of state government.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Malloy said the legislature’s bid to restrict what the public can see is unacceptable.

"The idea that members of the legislature don’t want anything but a hearing covered - they wouldn’t want this press conference covered, they would not want other things covered - is really quite outrageous if you think about it," he said. "What we have is a legislature that’s trying to close down transparency and we should be all about opening that transparency - going beyond where we already are."

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said last week that while virtually all state services are being scaled back due to budget constraints, there is a commitment to continuing CT-N’s core mission.

So far, officials at OLM have refused to comment to WNPR on their plans for CT-N

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

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