CBIA Releases 2023 Legislative Voting Records
Votes were scored for 10 key bills, chosen for their potential impact on Connecticut’s economy and overall business climate.
CBIA’s Transform Connecticut policy solutions—supported by a bipartisan group of 84 state legislators—are featured in many of those bills.
CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima said the scorecards reflect a lawmaker’s awareness of issues such as the labor shortage and the high cost of living and doing business.
“Our voting scorecards reflect lawmakers’ priorities, measuring their support for critically needed workforce development and affordability solutions,” he said.
DiPentima added that bipartisanship and the willingness of many lawmakers to collaborate and engage with employer groups was a hallmark of the 2023 session.
“We approached this session with a package of solutions and we appreciate how receptive Democratic and Republican lawmakers and administration officials were to those ideas,” he said.
“That bipartisanship and collaboration resulted in better outcomes and solutions for addressing our most pressing challenges.
“We saw that bipartisanship very early in the session with the extension of the fiscal guardrails and that openness to reach across the aisle is certainly more widespread.”
DiPentima thanked Democratic and Republican lawmakers who led and supported critical small business tax relief and healthcare initiatives.
“Those legislators went above and beyond in their support for small businesses and we are very appreciative of their efforts,” he said.
“However, it’s clear that we need more small business champions in the legislature.
“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy and deserve greater support so they can survive, compete, and grow.”
DiPentima noted that the scorecards also reflected how lawmakers reacted to a series of costly workplace mandate proposals.
“Connecticut is often rated as a higher cost state to do business and the 2023 session featured a number of bills that would have made that situation worse,” he said.
“We’re grateful that lawmakers from both parties were willing to reject these mandates, which do nothing to grow the population, create and fill open jobs, or help small businesses compete.”
CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please contact Scott Beaulieu (860.244.1929).
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