Former Congressional Candidate Pleads Guilty in Rowland Deal; State Surplus Tops $500 Million

Apr 1, 2014

Former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband Brian Foley have pleaded guilty to using a fake consulting contract with former Governor John Rowland. Both Foleys appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday. They admitted to conspiring with Rowland and others to violate campaign finance law by concealing $35,000 Brian Foley paid Rowland in 2011 and 2012. The payment went through a business and law office associated with Foley's nursing home chain.

State Budget Surplus Tops $500 Million 

A surplus of over $500 million for the 2014 fiscal year was announced on Tuesday by state comptroller Kevin Lembo. Lembo said it’s a number that could grow following this month's revenue collection. He also said April is an important month for revenue collection, accounting for almost 17 percent of the total general fund. 

New Informational State Database Unveiled

A new state portal called was unveiled on Monday. The database allows non-emergency complaints, such as pothole reports in order to help make local officials more aware of such matters. The site was developed after Governor Dannel Malloy issued an executive order in December that required the state Department of Economic and Community Development to create a searchable database.

Sikorsky Settlement Reached

Helicopter maker Sikorsky has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the military for spare parts. The deal relates to charges that Stratford-based Sikorsky violated the federal False Claims Act. Prosecutors failed to disclose complete supply-chain cost and pricing data to the Army when it was purchasing spare parts for Black Hawk helicopters.

UConn Basketball in Final Four

The UConn men and women’s basketball teams remain in the running for a national NCAA title. The Lady Huskies are advancing after beating Texas A&M Monday night, while the men defeated Michigan State on Sunday.