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Kevin Dillon

Jon Lender: Airport Agency Gives Raises Despite Fiscal Crisis

Jon Lender: Airport Agency Gives Raises Despite Fiscal Crisis

The state's fiscal crisis has eliminated pay raises for tens of thousands of public employees and has ravaged budgets at government agencies — but not at the Connecticut Airport Authority, where pay hikes have continued for more than 30 non-union employees, some of them managers collecting six-figure salaries.

Meanwhile, the other 120 or so CAA workers, represented by state-employee unions, have gone without raises for two years.

The CAA’s seeming immunity to the widespread budget turmoil is the latest example of how different life is at some of Connecticut’s “quasi-public” agencies, created by the legislature to perform specialized tasks with unusual autonomy and, often,...

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