While a new law granting expanded bonding authority to the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority put Gov. Dannel Malloy and Treasurer Denise Nappier publicly at odds, the state's budget director said allowing the agency to sell University of Connecticut-backed bonds was necessary for UConn's growth, especially in dormitory construction.

"From a policy perspective, it makes sense," Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, said in an interview Tuesday. "We would like to give UConn better tools to address the dormitory issue."

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