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On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”
“The main focus of this legislative session must be on making it easier for employers to grow in Connecticut as opposed to what we’ve seen over the last several years, with new costs and mandates hampering much-needed growth," says CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
“Identity theft continues to expand at an exponential rate,” says CBIA Service Corp. President Ken Comeau. “This growing threat has resulted in an increased demand for quality identity monitoring and restoration services.”
According to CBIA/CONNSTEP’s first Connecticut Manufacturing Report, issued at the 2019 Manufacturing Summit, workforce tops manufacturers' concerns, with 60% of poll respondents saying it was their most significant need – and 56% saying it was “difficult” to both find and retain young workers.
CBIA President Joe Brennan said, "State policymakers must acknowledge these very real concerns."
The largest year-over-year increase was at Emergency Services & Public Protection, whose total overtime rose by $6.5 million – 33.1% -- to nearly $26.3 million.
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.
However, most businesses polled by the CBIA were not concerned over the impact of a minimum wage hike.
"We need to create a state where businesses are growing and investing," said CBIA's Pete Gioia.
"Connecticut has to build upon our many strengths and not allow bad policy choices to slow us down," says the organization's President and CEO Joe Brennan.