Lawmakers on Wednesday easily approved a $626 million package of incentives designed to create jobs, revive the economy and undo the state's image as hostile to business.
The votes in the House of Representatives and the Senate were nearly unanimous. Only two Republican lawmakers — Rep. Chris Coutu of Norwich and Sen. Kevin Witkos of Canton — voted "no."
"It is the most comprehensive and transformative economic development bill that I have seen in my 19 years in the legislature,'' said Sen. Gary LeBeau, an East Hartford Democrat and co-chairman of the legislature's commerce committee.
"People want jobs and they want them today, and they...