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House leaders: $220 million Sikorsky deal likely

Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives predicted Monday there's support among state lawmakers for a $220 million agreement that would commit Sikorsky Aircraft to keeping its headquarters in the state.

The House leaders represent the majority party in the General Assembly. They reviewed the deal privately on Monday with rank-and-file lawmakers.

"I think there's genuine support for the package that was presented," said House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, adding how the lawmakers felt it protects both jobs and the state's interests.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration reached the agreement with Sikorsky. Malloy has...