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Gov. M. Jodi Rell shows off pictures of the grandchildren (Christine Stuart photo)

Just back from spending a week with her daughter’s family in Colorado, Gov. M. Jodi Rell called an impromptu press conference Wednesday morning to catch up with the local media.

Most of the discussion was consumed by what’s going on with the budget deficit and labor negotiations, but Rell also touched on a number of other issues.

“I hate the idea,” Rell said regarding a bill that imposes a nickel fee on plastic and paper bags. She said she likes the carrot approach where the grocery store gives you a nickel back for using a reusable cloth bag.

And on running for re-election in 2010….keep reading to find out what Rell had to say.

“I have not made a decision,” Rell said. “We have a very busy session ahead of us. If the second half is anything like the last half, I’m not going to have time to make a decision on when or how or what to announce until after we get a budget and get through this legislative session.” 

As for negotiations with the state employees union, “we have some agreements, and other things we’re continuing to work on,” Rell said. She said she can’t give a timeline, but both sides have been very respectful of each other.