Over the next two months, as election campaign ads flood traditional and digital media, we're going to hear about many different Connecticuts.
Some candidates will emphasize the positive—all that's great about living, working, and raising a family here—while others will focus on the negative—problems, blamed on past policy decisions, that are holding the state back.
CBIA, however, staying true to our commitment to data-driven analysis and nonpartisanship, will continue painting an accurate picture of the state's many competitive advantages as well as its numerous difficulties to help voters understand the policy choices facing candidates and what those choices mean for Connecticut.
We have been and continue to be bullish on Connecticut and its future, but we're also under no illusions about the gravity of the problems facing the state.
Nearly every day, we hear encouraging news about Connecticut, particularly when a company expands here, moves here, or starts up here.
But we also frequently see troubling statistics about Connecticut's overall economic performance, job creation, population shifts, and ongoing budget issues.
We encourage voters to identify those candidates best equipped to leverage and capitalize on Connecticut's many strengths.
To help voters make informed choices, we've published legislative voting records showing how members of the General Assembly voted on key bills in both 2017 and 2018.
In September 2016, the headline in this space was "Clinton? Trump? Don't Forget the State Races."
Two years later, I am sending a similar message to our members, recognizing that people across the political spectrum have strong, legitimate feelings about the direction of the country, but reiterating that voters must separate Connecticut's statewide and legislative races from national politics and congressional races.
At a time when Connecticut continues to face enormous projected budget deficits in the coming years and massive long-term unfunded liabilities, it's critical that voters elect candidates to the General Assembly who understand the impact of the state's fiscal troubles on economic growth and job creation and have the political courage to make the hard decisions that will put our state back on a path to prosperity.
About the author: Joe Brennan is CBIA's president and CEO.