Connecticut's General Assembly approved hundreds of bills over the last two years, many of them impacting the state's economy and business climate.
For a number of bills, like the budget (SB 1239) approved in 2011, the effect was dramatic and immediate: a record $4.1 billion in tax increases, including hikes in personal income taxes, sales taxes, and corporate taxes.
The impact of other bills, such as this year's sweeping education reform bill, will be felt over the long term, as much-needed changes to the state's public school system gradually take root.
And the bipartisan jobs bill approved during last October's special session featured measures promoting innovation, developing short and long-term workforce development strategies, and sharpening the state's economic developing tools.
Nonetheless, there were too many bills, including legislation this year to increase the minimum wage (it passed the House and died in the Senate) and the paid sick leave measure that passed in 2011, that were out of place in an economy struggling to recover from recession.
Running for office
Most state lawmakers who sat in the legislature over the past two years are seeking re-election to the General Assembly this fall.
The recession and Connecticut’s continuing slow recovery plainly illustrate what a healthy economy means to people in our state.
So it’s no surprise that, as in 2010, this year’s candidates for the state House and Senate are running on platforms centered on economic growth and jobs.
There are, however, fundamental differences in philosophy among candidates regarding the relationship between the government and the private sector and how jobs are created.
Which candidates, for example, understand the connection between jobs and a business climate that encourages private-sector investment and expansion?
And which understand that voting for bills that increase business costs and mandates works against creating a job-producing business climate?
Make a difference
It’s important to know where candidates stand on those issues and how their positions impact the economy and the ability of businesses, large and small, to add jobs and grow.
You'll find those records at CBIA's Election 2012 site, along with other resources for learning about candidates and their positions. Share these resources with your friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
Use the site to explore, analyze, and compare candidates' positions and then take the time to connect with those running for office in your area. Ask them how they plan to grow the state's economy and improve our business climate, and share your ideas with them.
Most of all--help make a difference this November when Connecticut goes to the polls.