Alliance of Small Manufacturers calls on lawmakers to take action
NEW HAVEN — A new trade group has been organized to represent smaller manufacturing companies and advocate for their interests in Hartford.
Representing some 300 companies with about 10,000 employees, the Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers incorporates the New Haven Manufacturers Association (NHMA), the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA) in greater Waterbury, and the Manufacturers Education & Training Alliance (METAL) in Bridgeport.
The new group has issued its first public statement, calling on state legislators valium generic reduce the cost of doing business and to improve the vocation-technical education system.
“We want to provide a united voice for the state’s smaller manufacturers while uncovering new opportunities and offering solutions to problems,” said Karen McWhirt, executive director of SMA and a program director at New Opportunities in Waterbury.
In a statement to the legislature, the association called on lawmakers ambien no prescription lower the cost of doing business in Connecticut by keeping taxes at current rates, streamlining the environmental permitting process and reducing the cost of energy.
“Those manufacturers who have survived are here for the long run and we need to work together,” said Jamison Scott of NHMA, who is vice president of Air Handling Systems in Woodbridge. “We are the backbone of the state’s economy because we bring new wealth to Connecticut by creating new goods.”
The statement also encouraged lawmakers to build on last year’s jobs bill, which included $20 million to improve relations between technical high schools and the community college system.
“For too long the children of Connecticut have been underserved by our education system, and our governor has taken on a bold task to repair and upgrade the quality of teachers in our local schools,” said Kris Lorch of METAL, who is also president of Alloy Engineering in Bridgeport.
The Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers called on legislators to:
• Expand the new Manufacturing Reinvestment Act (MRA) to include companies with up to 100 employees. The act allows manufacturers to pay for equipment and other needs with a 401(k)-like savings plan.
• Allow limited liability corporations and sub-chapter S corporations to use all current business tax credits offered by the state, such as R&D credits and apprenticeship training credits.
• Remove restrictions on job creation tax credits and streamline paperwork.
• Expand energy-efficiency programs and create new financing options to encourage companies to invest in comprehensive energy saving measures.
• Streamline and expedite the environmental permitting process.
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