Senators Gary LeBeau, Rob Kane On "The Real Story'' on Sunday

Two state senators are among the guests on Sunday on "The Real Story'' on FOX CT.

Sen. Gary LeBeau of East Hartford and Sen. Rob Kane of Watertown will be speaking about the upcoming special legislative session on jobs on October 26 at the state Capitol.

LeBeau, a Democrat, is a strong supporter of the proposed expansion at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, including a new collaboration for a research laboratory by Maine-based Jackson Institute that will bring 300 direct jobs over the next 10 years.

Kane, a Republican, is more skeptical, and he asked on the Senate floor earlier this year why the state keeps bailing out the cash-strapped health center. The legislature has stepped in with cash infusions four times since 2000 under various governors.

LeBeau, a former candidate for governor, is the co-chairman of the legislature's commerce committee. Kane is the ranking Senate Republican on the budget-writing appropriations committee.

LeBeau credited the legislature with moving quickly on the vote this year on the health center, saying that the vote paved the way for Jackson to come to Connecticut. Some Republicans had said the move was too quick, and they were limited in their questioning in a public hearing that they said fell short of the legislature's traditional practice of unlimited questioning of officials.

Sen. John Kissel also questioned the jobs estimates on the Senate floor, saying they were overly optimistic and unrealistic. Projecting an influx of a huge number of jobs over the next 25 years did not make sense at a time when few could have predicted all the changes in cell phones alone over the past three years, Kissel said.

The two senators will appear in the first segment of the show on Sunday morning with hostLaurie Perez.,0,2575400.story

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