A proposal to invest heavily in science, technology, engineering and math programs at the University of Connecticut over the next 10 years looked more ambitious Thursday, topping $2 billion.
Aimed at creating a skilled workforce that would in turn boost the state's economy, the proposal also envisions that UConn instructors would attract millions in research grant money to the state.
"[We would be] targeting state resources to our flagship university in the areas we know are poised for growth: bioscience, digital media and engineering," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a press conference at jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney Thursday. "We will make sure that our young people have the skills they need to fill the jobs that we are so aggressively pursuing here in the state of Connecticut."
Reaction from Republican lawmakers ranged from shock to calls for caution.