Connecticut's economy has been on a long, slow climb since the last recession. As is well-documented, we lag in areas where we should lead, slowed by demographic and fiscal challenges.

The next few years will be pivotal in shaping our economic future. State government will experience an unprecedented number of retirements, presenting a tremendous opportunity to reduce the cost of service delivery and potentially reduce the tax burden here.

And military and commercial contracts with Connecticut manufacturers will continue to spur growth and create jobs if we can find the skilled workforce to fill those positions.

CBIA's 2020 Policy Priorities identify steps Connecticut lawmakers must take to prepare for the economic expansion that our state sorely needs.

These measures include significantly cutting the cost of running state agencies and delivering services, adopting tax policies that promote economic growth, and shoring up education and training policies to meet the workforce demands of our employers.