Fighting to make Connecticut a top state for business, jobs, and economic growth.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change at the State Capitol, shaping debate about economic competitiveness, and fighting for a better future for all.


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Our goals
for growth
& change

Unlock Connecticut’s enormous economic potential

Among the biggest issues we’re facing are the state’s fiscal problems—which can be solved by growing our economy, controlling state spending, and making state government as efficient and effective as possible.

Working together, CBIA members make a difference, bringing a real-world perspective to the State Capitol, helping lawmakers understand the impact that legislative proposals have on Connecticut’s ability to compete regionally, nationally, and globally.

How can state policymakers unlock Connecticut’s enormous potential? They can start by putting every legislative proposal through the test of whether it makes us more—or less—competitive.

Economy

OUR GOAL

Boost Connecticut’s economy through job creation and more private-sector investment.

Only a strong private sector can provide the kind of job creation Connecticut needs to drive economic recovery and provide the resources that enable the state to deliver critical public services.
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Education

OUR GOAL

Connecticut’s most important strategic asset is the skill, innovation and productivity of our workforce that makes us competitive in today’s global economy.

Our future depends on our ability to develop new generations of the skilled talent that employers need to compete and succeed. We’re working to raise academic performance, close the achievement gap, and give every child the opportunity to succeed.

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Energy &
Technology

OUR GOAL

Drive economic growth by making energy costs more competitive, increasing reliability, and fostering efficiency, conservation and technological innovation.

We believe a stable and consistent energy policy is essential to Connecticut’s economic and job growth. It all comes down to greater efficiency and lower energy costs for businesses and residents.

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Environment
& Land Use

OUR GOAL

Protect our environmental resources while growing our economy.

We’re promoting reforms that will both encourage our economy to grow and safeguard our natural resources, including cutting government red tape, making it easier to comply with regulations, and making government agencies more user-friendly.

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Healthcare

OUR GOAL

A healthier economy makes it easier for individuals, families, and businesses to afford and receive the best quality and value in healthcare.

We support value-based healthcare initiatives, rejecting new taxes, fees, and mandates that fail the cost-benefit test, and expanding information and outreach efforts using public and private organizations to help consumers make better decisions about their healthcare.

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Labor &
Employment

OUR GOAL

Policymakers can increase Connecticut’s competitiveness—and jobs—by reducing business costs and burdens, and providing greater consistency between state and federal laws.

Still recovering jobs lost during the recession, Connecticut must reject new mandates and other proposals that increase costs, stifle job creation, or hurt the state’s competitiveness.

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Regulatory
Reform

OUR GOAL

One of the best ways to accelerate Connecticut’s economic growth is to make it easier for job creators to cut through red tape and comply with state regulations that are as consistent as possible with federal standards.

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State
Spending

OUR GOAL

We must keep the size and cost of state government within taxpayers’ means while making government more efficient and effective.

Facing repeated budget gaps and fiscal crises, Connecticut needs to balance state budgets without tax increases or borrowing, and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Taxes

OUR GOAL

Strategic tax policy will encourage the kinds of economic activity we all want to see—greater business investment, more jobs, expanded innovation, and higher productivity.

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Transportation

OUR GOAL

Upgrading our highways, roads, railways, airports, and seaports is critically important to supporting a growing and more competitive Connecticut economy.

We support restricting use of the Special Transportation Fund to transportation purposes; prioritizing highway improvement and expansion; improving the reliability of the Metro North rail system; continuing DOT reforms;increasing passenger and freight connectivity to Bradley Airport; and expanding mass transit options for commuters.

 

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