Three things are certain about Connecticut’s economy--it is going to change, it will either grow or contract, and we can do something about it. Connecticut is at risk, however, if we don’t make the right decisions. Economic growth means opportunity and prosperity. Contraction means fewer jobs and a lower standard of living. Which way will Connecticut choose? It’s up to all of us. More than 100,000 of our family members, friends, and neighbors have lost their jobs, and tens of thousands more are underemployed. Personal wealth has declined significantly, driving down both consumer spending and revenue from the state sales and income taxes. Connecticut’s $3. 7 billion structural budget gap and $60 billion in unfunded liabilities are eroding confidence in our state as a place where businesses can invest, grow, and create jobs. But private-sector investment is the key to job creation and economic growth. Getting people back to work and moving our economy forward will provide the resources needed to solve Connecticut’s fiscal problems and allow the state to continue to provide critical services.   As the world grows more competitive, productive and innovative, so must Connecticut.  Entrepreneurs, small businesses and large corporations all need to know that they are welcome here and that their concerns about the state fiscal policy, business costs and regulatory burdens will be addressed. Most candidates for state office ran on promises to pursue a pro-jobs, pro-economic-growth agenda. Policymakers must now be accountable: The success of the new administration and legislature should be measured by the performance of the Connecticut economy relative to the national and regional economies over the next several years. CBIA’s recommendations provide ideas and guidance on how to advance our economy and put people back to work. We encourage lawmakers to work with the business community to pursue this path to the future: