Bob Duff

Jon Lender: Watchdog Agency May Get Ax, Just As It's Begun Looking Into Tech-Schools Scandal

Jon Lender: Watchdog Agency May Get Ax, Just As It's Begun Looking Into Tech-Schools Scandal

Connecticut's watchdog agency for contracting — created by lawmakers after the Rowland corruption scandal, but neglected and starved for funds in the decade since — may finally be washed away this year as another victim of Connecticut's all-engulfing budget disaster.

The State Contracting Standards Board is supposed to save taxpayers money by policing contract-procurement practices. But it found zeros next to its name last week on revised state budget proposals by the governor and legislative Democrats and Republicans for 2017-18.

The agency narrowly dodged the budget ax last year, but the current fiscal mess is much worse — and now the watchdog board's members and advocates...

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