Focus at Capitol Must Stay on Economy

01.09.2012
Issues & Policies

Last fall's special session was a good start in concentrating on jobs and the economy in Connecticut. Next up is the 2012 General Assembly where lawmakers must keep the focus on achieving a more competitive business climate.

CBIA’s 2012 Government Affairs Program is the business community’s plan for rebuilding Connecticut’s economic strength and competitiveness. Much work still needs to be done: The state is slowly recovering jobs lost during the recent recession, but other states are also improving and Connecticut cannot lose ground.

Key recommendations from CBIA include making state government more efficient, avoiding future deficits, and working with employers to create jobs and grow the state’s economy.

 “It’s critical for Connecticut to show it can and will be business friendly,” says CBIA President and CEO John Rathgeber. “Policymakers and regulators must be open to the concerns and interests of employers and their ideas for moving the state forward.”

<p> 2012 priorities

CBIA’s legislative and regulatory priorities include:

These priorities recognize both the state’s strengths and its weaknesses. For example, while Connecticut is home to a highly skilled, highly compensated workforce, numerous government mandates make business costs among the highest in the country.

In today’s dynamic, global economy, Connecticut has to become more competitive — just as other states are working hard to make their businesses more competitive.

Now it is time to move forward and recognize that strong businesses mean plentiful jobs, a thriving economy, and more opportunities for everyone.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at 860.244.1925 or bonnie.stewart@cbia.com.

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