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“We believe this program provides the quick, short-term financial assistance (small businesses and nonprofits) need to maintain operations and weather this storm," said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman.
A spokesman confirmed to the Business Journal that the exec will exit in late June – an official date has yet to be determined – and that the CBIA’s board of directors’ search for Brennan’s replacement is already underway.
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.
“We are focusing on what money is going out and what we are getting in return,” the Greenwich resident says. “Ultimately it’s about the cost to the taxpayer – and I am certainly one of those."
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.
Among those criticizing aspects of the new governor's plan: Hospitals, accountants, and Republican lawmakers.
"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.
Ned Lamont "understands the need for economic growth, and the huge burden he’s facing,” says Joseph Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. “He’s going to need help.”
"These individuals are among the state’s top business leaders and their experience will help us develop our policy agenda,” said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
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.
The affiliation will allow the organizations to work collaboratively with manufacturers, broaden efforts to meet their needs and bolster the advancement of the manufacturing industry.
"The legislature once again focused on short-term budget fixes rather than on long-term structural reform," said Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth co-chairs Robert Patricelli and Jim Smith.
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