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It won’t be “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” at many businesses.
The bills “increase costs for small businesses, create barriers to job growth ... and unnecessarily hamper Connecticut’s economic recovery,” according to the organizations.
“We must continue the fiscal discipline of recent years that has seen revenue growth and a Rainy Day Fund that is now at historic highs," declared CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima.
“They may be new to CBIA, but they are all very familiar with the state capitol and the legislative process,” said Eric Gjede, CBIA’s vice president of government affairs. “They bring a lot of new energy to the team.”
“Even if it is more expensive,” declared State Sen. Julie Kushner (D-Danbury), “that’s the cost of doing business.”
“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.
“Our business is growing – but I’m not sure if it’s going to continue to do so in Connecticut," says one Danbury business owner.
"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.
“It’s not like there’s absolutely no money in the Trust Fund,” says Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association; however, he added, “It’s nowhere close to where we’d like it to be.”
Eric Gjede has served as counsel and assistant counsel at the group for the last five years, while Eric Brown has spent over 24 years there as counsel and senior counsel on such issue areas as manufacturing, energy and transportation.
Transportation revenues will take an increasing hit as gas tax funds continue to dwindle -- but selling tolls to consumers will be a tall order.