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-The tightfisted state budget enacted by Gov. Dannel Malloy last spring has meant an official portrait of his predecessor, M. Jodi Rell, has yet to grace the state library in Hartford. The Stamford Advocate found that Connecticut still pays up to $40,000 for paintings of its governors, commissioned after they leave office. In 1995, the legislature failed to pass a bill switching to cheaper photograph portraits. In 2004, wary of paying for a portrait of ex-governor John Rowland, then imprisoned on corruption convictions, officials found a painting of him that had already been done (for some reason) and quietly placed it in the library. The Rell portrait is in limbo until there is cash for it.
By Nick Keppler
December 21, 2011