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Connecticut General Assembly

Questions Raised About Powerful Legislator's New Job At State-Assisted Organization

Few Connecticut legislators have more power than Democratic Sen. Beth Bye over how taxpayer dollars are spent; she's been co-chairwoman for two years of the legislative Appropriations Committee that annually decides what goes into multibillion-dollar state budgets adopted by the General Assembly.

That high-profile role is now attracting questions after Bye secured an $80,000-a-year job last month as executive director of the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm — a nonprofit operation in Bloomfield, in her Senate district and adjacent to her hometown of West Hartford — which has received of hundreds of thousands of state taxpayer dollars in recent years.

Four years...