Jobs and the Economy
Across the 5th District I’ve heard from business owners, educators, young people and parents that we need to redouble our efforts on middle-class job creation. Too many young people do not see Connecticut as a place of opportunity and our businesses are looking for skilled workers to help their companies to grow and thrive. Then there are those who are struggling to find a job or just hang onto the one they have.
We need to set a thoughtful course to long-term job growth and rebuilding a robust middle class in the 5th District, in Connecticut and across our country.
American workers can and do compete with the best in the world – but they need the benefit of a level playing field. That means closing tax loopholes that reward companies who ship our jobs oversees and it means enforcing our trades laws.
Here at home, we need to reward innovation and ensure businesses in our community have the support they need to grow and compete. We must invest in research and development in the clean energy sector to create good jobs in technology, manufacturing and construction. We must help our small business thrive, innovate and hire by providing access to capital, reducing unnecessary red tape, and making sure small business taxes are fair and encourage growth. We must also ensure our workers have the skills those businesses need to compete by focusing on vocational training in high school, coupled with apprenticeships and 1 or 2 years of post high school education.
Finally, we must make strategic investments in long-term growth - infrastructure, energy and education. For our economy to recover, we must be willing to invest in that recovery.
Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston
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Washington -- Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, scored a legislative win Friday as the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved her amendment to the “Windstorm Impact Reduction Act.”
The bill would reauthorize a federal program that seeks to reduce loss of life and property from hurricanes and tornadoes though studies of the effects of these disasters and implementation of mitigation measures.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement about Governor Malloy’s announcement Tuesday on the $500 million investment by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Connecticut.
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, on Friday got an up-close look at students preparing for jobs of the future with a tour of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School.
"The modern face of manufacturing is really quite different, and it's important that families and young people see the exciting things happening in Connecticut," Esty said while standing in the school's Manufacturing Technology shop. "We have 5,000 manufacturers in Connecticut, and a lot of them are doing cutting-edge work and exporting around the world."
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, toured Oliver Wolcott Technical High School Friday to meet with students, teachers, and staff to discuss the importance of manufacturing education.
Esty recently introduced two bills, the Supporting Teachers and Enhancing Manufacturing (STEM) Jobs Act, H.R. 3243 and the First Supporting Training for Employment Potential (STEP) Act, H.R. 3244, both designed to boost workforce development and support STEM education.
NEW BRITAIN, CT– Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding Governor Malloy’s proposal to increase Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.
“I applaud Governor Malloy for calling for an increase in Connecticut’s minimum wage,” Esty said. “Hardworking families across Connecticut deserve a fair wage that reflects the value of their work and that keeps pace with inflation.”
NEW BRITAIN —— U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, toured Schaller Honda and spoke with local leaders in the auto sales business Monday.
Esty visited the dealership, at 1 Veterans Drive, to learn more about how the car sales business operates. She was joined by Art Schaller Jr., president of Schaller; James T. Fleming, president of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association in Hartford; Ken Crowley, chairman of Crowley Auto Group in Bristol; Mike Lynch, president of Lynch Toyota in Manchester; and Linda Kowalski, president of the Kowalski Group in Hartford.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Bill conference report negotiated from the House and Senate versions of the bill. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 251 to 166.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union tonight.
“Tonight, President Obama laid out a plan for the year ahead. I’m pleased the President focused on opportunities—opportunities for collaboration and action to grow our economy and create good-paying, middle class jobs.