A Stronger Connecticut
CBIA’s Government Affairs Agenda for 2013 shows how we can build a stronger, more competitive Connecticut. It starts with actions that give employers the clear, confident indication that the time is right to create more jobs and increase investments in the state.
Five years after the recession began—and two years since it technically ended—Connecticut continues to face serious economic and fiscal challenges.
The state’s unemployment rate—good or bad—is often seen as the single indicator of the success or failure of the state’s economy.
Though unemployment is a very important measure, issues lie much deeper.
Only by restoring Connecticut’s competitiveness can good jobs be created and sustained.
Our challenge is to build a stronger, more competitive Connecticut where:
• Small businesses, manufacturers, and large corporations are all able to succeed in regional, national, and global economies.
• Employers can offer and sustain the high wages and benefits that raise the standard of living and provide a dependably good quality of life for all residents in the state.
• A high-performing education system, modern infrastructures, equitable tax and regulatory policies, and a streamlined and efficient state government boost business confidence and economic
• Our greatest strengths—such as skilled workers, core industries, and advanced manufacturing—are made stronger, and innovators are encouraged to grow new businesses, products, and services.
Connecticut has only scratched the surface when it comes to supporting economic growth and a rising standard of living for all residents.