The state House and Senate will meet Monday, June 25, to consider overriding several bills passed in the 2018 General Assembly session but vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Malloy has vetoed seven bills, including a measure that helps address the state's growing shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.

CBIA is among several organizations calling for an override of Malloy's veto of SB 261, which expands the existing manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit to small businesses.

CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan, in a June 15 letter to legislative leaders from CBIA and several manufacturing groups, urged lawmakers to override the veto.

"This measure will provide thousands of small manufacturers the opportunity to train and hire more skilled workers, particularly at a time when when the demand for manufacturing employees is overwhelmingly high," Brennan wrote.

"Our member companies, small and midsize manufacturers, say expanding the tax credit provides just a small fraction—the lesser of $6 per hour, $7,500, or 50% of an apprentice's wages—of the overall investment small businesses need to train workers."

A 2017 CBIA survey showed that Connecticut manufacturers must fill over 13,000 skilled positions this year to meet growing demand and replace retiring workers.

Send a Signal

Brennan urged legislators to send a signal showing they "understand the needs of small and midsize manufacturers, a critical part of our state’s supply chain."

Brennan's letter came from CBIA and the Aerospace Components Manufacturers, the Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association, the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, the Metal Manufacturers Education and Training Alliance, the New England Spring and Metal Stamping Association, the New Haven Manufacturers Association, the Precision Machined Products Association, and the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut.

This measure will provide thousands of small manufacturers the opportunity to train and hire more skilled workers.
Malloy said he vetoed the bill because the tax credits will cost the state $650,000 in revenue, an amount he said lawmakers failed to consider when adjusting the two-year budget.

The 151-member House needs 101 votes to override a Malloy veto while the 36-member Senate needs 24 votes.

They are set to meet in their respective chambers at 10 am.

Other Vetoes

Other Malloy vetoes include:

  • A bill that modifies $534 million in aid the state is expected to give Hartford over several years to avoid bankruptcy. Malloy warned lawmakers that overriding this veto could anger voters in urban areas, a traditional Democratic stronghold.
  • A bill that prevents him or future governors from cutting education funding to cities and towns to close a midyear budget deficit. Malloy said lawmakers should pass a budget that identifies specific savings and not leave cuts to him, as they have in the past.
  • A bill designed to address classroom safety. Malloy said it could unintentionally target minorities and other groups of students.