A bipartisan group of Connecticut lawmakers have formed a manufacturing caucus to promote and educate colleagues on the importance of manufacturing in the state.
The group is primarily concerned with the recapture of manufacturing jobs from China, with a special emphasis on ensuring that they return to Connecticut.
Started by State Sen. buy ambien online no prescription D. LeBeau (D-3) of East Hartford, the caucus will examine and promote policies to help state manufacturers find trained and educated workers, operate on a level playing field with nation- and world-wide competitors, and gain access to sources of capital.
State Senator buy ambien online no prescription D. LeBeau (D-3) of East Hartford
Additional caucus members include State Reps. Vincent J. Candelora (R-86) of North Branford, Southington’s Zeke Zalaski (D-81), Jeffrey Berger (D-73) of Waterbury, as well as State Sen. Anthony Guglielmo (R-35) of Stafford.
State Rep. Jeffrey Berger (D-73) of Waterbury
According to the fiscal year 2012-13 Biennium Economic Report from the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, there were 168,000 state residents employed in manufacturing in 2010, down from a high of 442,000 workers in 1970. That figure represents 10.4 percent of all jobs in Connecticut. By contrast, in 1950 nearly half of the stateÂ’s workforce was employed inÂ manufacturing.
The report asserts that the ratio of manufacturing jobs to total state employment figuresindicates that Connecticut is still a major manufacturing and industrial state.
The creation of the caucus came soon after the Senate passed an addendum to last fallÂ’s Senate Bill 1, Â“An Act Concerning Jobs and the Economy.Â” Among the revisions to the bill is an expansion of the stateÂ’s Small Business Express Program to 3,600 additional companies, which will now qualify for funds if they employ up to 100 workers (up from 50).
State Rep. Vincent J. Candelora (R-86) of North Branford.
The Small Business Express Program set aside $100 million in loans and grants over two years for small manufacturers, especially those in precision manufacturing, business services, green and sustainable technology, and bioscience and information technology.
State Senator Anthony Guglielmo (R-35) of Stafford
More than 500 small Connecticut companies have thus far applied for the Express program. Thirty-eight loans totaling $32 million have been approved to date; this is credited with creating 193 new jobs and retaining 213 jobs in the state.
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