That's great news for Bristol, said state Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat.
"It would have clobbered Bristol Hospital," the senator said, by pulling away patients who might have gone to Bristol instead.
UConn hoped to snag $40 million or more to begin designing a replacement for the John Dempse Hospital in collaboration with Hartford Hospital.
But the plan couldn't attract enough support to move ahead.
Colapietro said that in a Democratic caucus Thursday, "probably 85 percent" of the lawmakers said they opposed spending even $5 million on the project.
"It's dead," Colapietro said.
He said the decsion will surely shock the university's backers.
"They are used to running roughshod over the legislature," Colapietro said. "But now we have a new generation" that's more skeptical of its big money requests, he said.
Colapietro called it "terrific" that Bristol Hospital won't get cut out by a costly new state plan.
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