Last week we briefly reported on the major legislative actions of the 2014 Connecticut General Assembly.

This week we take a closer look at what the legislature adopted, modified, or even rejected, and how those actions could impact the state’s business climate and economy.

It’s important to provide that context because Connecticut is in a competition for jobs and a stronger economy, and we know that other states are not standing still.</p>

What lawmakers and policymakers choose to do is viewed not only through the lens of Connecticut’s people and businesses, but also through the eyes of other states’ decision-makers, including government policymakers and business leaders in the private sector.

Our national rankings range from middle-of-the-road (33rd overall, Forbes “Best States for Business,” 2013) to near the bottom (45th overall, CNBC “America’s Top States for Business”). We are strong in education (5th, CNBC) and weak in transportation infrastructure (49th, CNBC).

We need to make sure that every decision made is weighed for its ability to move Connecticut up in those and other national rankings, and for its potential to put us on higher ground for jobs, economic vitality, and quality of life.

Although the legislative session is over, work has begun. This summer, various study groups and task forces will be mapping out how to implement bills that passed and exploring what future legislation could look like on some key issues.

We all must stay engaged in these efforts to make sure that Connecticut moves forward in the effort to become a top state for business and economic growth.

A strong, growing economy will mean creating more opportunities for good, well paying jobs, protecting our quality of life, and guaranteeing a brighter future for generations to come.