Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that new state contracting regulations wouldn’t be sufficient to clean up the corruption and construction lapses he said turned a highway improvement project into a multi-million-dollar debacle, the Hartford Courant reported on August 15, 2007. The new procedures were announced by Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office and include certification by contractors that their work meets contract requirements.
Blumenthal has been promoting tough state contracting reforms for years and said that he would continue to push for the enactment of a state False Claims Act allowing treble damages and other remedies against crooked contractors.
In an editorial, the Hartford Courant urged the governor to support the reforms sought by Blumenthal, including a False Claims Act.