Senate Republicans have been unsuccessful in obtaining the details of the $291 million deal between Jackson Laboratory and the state because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has refused to reveal the documents - in the same way that documents were not released in Florida.
The letter of intent, which outlines the details of the agreement between the two sides, has remained confidential because the Malloy administration says it contains trade secrets.
In similar fashion, Jackson refused to reveal details of its proposal in Florida, which was eventually withdrawn after a storm of local opposition.
Duane Billington, a retired engineering technician in the affluent city of Naples, said he was frustrated in his attempts to gain information in the Sunshine State.
"I was skeptical, and you could never get any direct answers from them,'' Billington said. "They said, 'That's confidential. We don't want our competitors to know.' They have no trade secrets on what they're proposing.''
Billington strongly disputed the various estimates in Florida about job creation, saying that the numbers never added up.
In Connecticut, deputy Senate Republican leader Leonard Fasano of North Haven has been asking a series of questions and disputes the notion of trade secrets.
"Take out the trade secrets,'' Fasano said. "All I'm interested in is knowing the structure of the deal. I can't figure out what my questions have to do with trade secrets.''
Malloy's senior advisor and chief spokesman, Roy Occhiogrosso, told Capitol Watch on Wednesday afternoon that the administration has answered a series of questions - in writing - that Fasano had posed.
"I don't know anything about that in Florida,'' Occhiogrosso said when told about the situation there. "I don't know what Florida's laws are on trade secrets.''
He said, however, that Connecticut clearly has exemptions to the Freedom of Information laws regarding trade secrets.
Regarding concerns that there could be a potential lack of support among state Senate Democrats for the Jackson proposal, Occhiogrosso said that is "incorrect information which will soon be borne out.''
He added that he is "very confident'' that Malloy has the necessary support in both the House and Senate to pass the Jackson plan. Senator Andrew Maynard of North Stonington, for example, had initially been unsure about the proposal, but now he intends to vote for it.