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"People think we just have cash rain down us in Hartford," said Boughton.
"We need to make it more affordable for businesses," DiPentima said.
He claimed he was making the biggest infrastructure investments since the Eisenhower years.
Sikorsky is an exception to the workforce dilemma, according to its president, Paul Lemmo; the Stratford firm hired about 1,000 people last year and has added another 600 so far in 2021.
Of those surveyed, 40% expect Connecticut’s economy to grow (compared with just 10% last year), and 58% expect national growth (32%).
According to the group's latest survey, 80% of employers report difficulty finding and retaining employees and 35% say the labor shortage is the greatest obstacle to growth.
The reforms are estimated to save the unemployment fund $84.25 million annually while generating $130.9 million in new annual revenues.
“Instead of adding on more taxes, lawmakers should instead look towards policies that will help local businesses thrive," said CBIA President and CEO Chris DiPentima.
“This is a missed opportunity that will have real-life consequences for the small employers in our state," said State Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
“Months of dislocation are always opportunities,” declared Pitney President and CEO Marc Lautenbach about the pandemic.
It won’t be “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” at many businesses.