The governor feels just as strongly now as she did when this issue came up last year. The federal government needs to properly fund Amtrak. Raising the fees is simply an effort to offset federal cuts, which is not fair to the states.
I would say the governor is not giving up. She's aware that Winchester is one of the most respected and valuable brands in the world, and she is continuing to work to make sure that every avenue is explored to try to save this great company and keep these jobs in Connecticut.
Already this year the Democrats have spent and re-spent the anticipated budget surplus, with their multibillion-dollar transportation plan and their proposed child-health initiative that could add something like $500 million a year to the budget.
As a parent, Gov. Rell is well aware of the risks, temptations and peer pressure on campus, especially for college freshmen. One of the goals of this initiative is a better support network for these students.