Eric Gjede is assistant counsel at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. This column was signed by 68 business and professional organizations, including many of the state’s local and regional Chambers of Commerce, representing thousands of Connecticut companies and their employees.
Connecticut begins 2016 having finally regained all of the private sector jobs lost in the Great Recession of 2008.
Although our pace of recovery lagged the nation and neighboring states, we — and the tens of thousands of families in the workforce we represent — are committed to sustaining these job gains and building upon them.
In return, we ask state lawmakers to refrain from making our commitment more difficult by creating new or expanding existing labor mandates.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in signing the budget adjustments produced in last month’s special legislative session, said it best when he remarked, “We no doubt have more to do in the General Assembly session ahead, but this is a positive step to improve the state’s business climate and deliver long-term predictability that will allow our families and businesses to thrive.”
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