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Doesn’t look like Congressman Chris Murphy ’96 will be winning any PorkBusters awards.

The federal government late Wednesday authorized a national transportation funding bill that restores $53 million in additional highway funds to Connecticut that Gov. M. Jodi Rell feared were lost.

Rell asked Connecticut’s delegation in Washington last month to immediately approve a promised increase in transportation funding that Congress failed to approve last fall.

When Rell asked the delegation for help, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, asking them to vote on the money.

Dodd explained that the states can’t make long-term investments and plans for road and rail improvements without federal help, which has to keep coming year after year.

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th Dist., said the state will receive the missing $53 million. “Connecticut is getting its share,” he said.

Connecticut is one of the richest states in the country. Glad to see that Chris Murphy is bringing more federal dollars into a state that has more multi-millionaire hedge fund impresarios than any other. Wouldn’t want those poor boys to have to pay for their own roads! That wouldn’t be very, uh, progressive . . .