Connecticut manufacturers struggling to compete because of, in part, the state’s regulatory climate are asking the legislature--specifically the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee--to join Gov. Malloy’s efforts to reform how regulations are developed.
Many of the governor’s regulatory reforms have potentially significant impacts on businesses and the committee should move forward with a bill to make them “the law of the land,” say manufacturers.
In his Executive Order 37, the governor directed state agencies to follow certain practices and procedures when developing future regulations, including:
- Providing a statement of policy goals advanced by the regulations and why additional regulation is needed
- Assessing whether the regulations would encourage economic progress and job creation
- Using economic incentives and other innovative tools to minimize the burdens of the regulations and still achieve their purpose
- Interacting with those who would be impacted by the regulations to ensure the language is understandable and help improve compliance
Manufacturers would like these and similar measures to become state law so that they will last beyond the current administration and become common practice for years to come.
With this being a short legislative session, deadlines for committees to introduce bills are fast approaching—and GAE’s deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 19. GAE is where bills concerning the operation of state agencies generally start; the committee has been given a draft proposal and asked to raise it for public hearing.
Manufacturers throughout Connecticut--including members of CBIA, Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut, New Haven Manufacturers Association, and the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut are urging the committee to move this measure forward.
To contact the GAE committee directly to voice your support, contact Kaitlin Faticoni at 860.240.0480 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can ask to speak to the committee chairs, Sen. Anthony Musto (D-Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull) or Rep. Ed Jutila (D-East Lyme, Salem) at that number.