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CTNJ/Opinion:  Big ideas are needed to grow the economy and solve the budget mess

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who teaches courses in journalism, media literacy, and AP English Language & Composition at Haddam-Killingworth High School.

The recent economic news in Connecticut is Dickensian.

On the one hand, it’s the best of times: “The formal opening [on June 2] of the $60 million refurbished United Technologies Corp. research center handed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy a much-needed opportunity to celebrate some good news.”

On the other hand, it’s the worst of times: “An Aetna spokesman said [on May 31] the company is in ‘negotiations with several states regarding a headquarters relocationwith the goal of broadening our access to innovation and the talent that will fill knowledge economy-type positions.’”

Mostly, however, it’s the worst of times: “While the health of the state’s economy has improved in the past half-decade, its rebound looks feeble compared with many other states. Since the end of the national recession, Connecticut has increased its number of jobs by about 4 percent, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That ranks 45th among all states, ahead of only Louisiana, New Mexico, Maine, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

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