Lamont to Cover Cost of His Transition

Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is footing the bill for his own transition expenses, after pouring more than $12 million of his money into a successful election campaign.

A spokeswoman for Lamont's transition organization tells The Associated Press the wealthy Greenwich businessman and his wife plan to spend $250,000 on the two-month changeover. The cost includes things like staff payroll and office expenses.

Lacey Rose says the Lamonts chose to finance the transition themselves without taxpayer funding. She says they're "committed to running a professional transition organization that will position the next administration to begin governing on day one."

Lamont has also promised to forgo the $150,000 annual governor's salary. He takes office on Jan. 9.

The state's Military Department oversees inaugural activities and can accept donations capped at $25,000.

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