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Sikorsky support to be subject of special session Wednesday

HARTFORD — Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives said there's support 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.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration reached the agreement with Sikorsky. Malloy has called the Legislature back to the state Capitol for a special session Wednesday for a vote. Union members also need to approve the deal.

It provides state grants and tax exemptions over 14 years. In return, Sikorsky will build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters in Connecticut.