Connecticut state Sen. George L. Gunther, R-Stratford, second from right, sits with his colleagues and listens to Gov. John. G. Rowland deliver his budget message to a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly in the Hall of the House at the state Capitol in Hartford in 1999. From left are Sen. Biagio Ciotto, D-Wethersfield; Sen. Melodie Peters, D-Quaker Hill; Sen. Gunther and Sen. Robert L. Genuario, R-Norwalk.
Courant file photo