The State of Connecticut is going to give Jackson Laboratory $291 million to construct a genetics laboratory next to the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington (shown above). As I understand it, the laboratory will do cancer research by studying mouse genetics.
The Governor of Connecticut brags that this will produce 850 construction jobs. (You could create 850 construction jobs cheaper by hiring 425 workers to dig holes and 425 to fill them in.) The State and Jackson project that it will produce 660 research-related jobs over 15 - 20 years. (Yes, that was years, not months . . . how good are you predicting what will happen next week, much less what will happen in 2027 - 2032?) Of those, 320 jobs are projected for the first ten years. But, the $291 million the state is paying will be
Jackson says they will kick in $809 million to the total $1.1 billion cost of the project. Jackson will get its share from federal grants (i.e., from us), philanthropy (i.e., rich and dumb us) and service income (I'll believe it when I see it).
I have houses in Connecticut and Southwest Florida. Last year Florida told Jackson Laboratory to take a hike and I cheered. This year they showed up in Connecticut but, unfortunately, the Governor bought the
Don't get me started on the 9.4 mile busway from Hartford to New Britain for $567 million . . .