Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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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.

I look forward to hearing from you.

See also information on Jobs and resources for Businesses.

Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston
                                       Rep. Esty Visits Ward Leonard Electric Company in Thomaston

More on Jobs and the Economy

Aug 8, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant for Capital Workforce Partners’ YouthBuild Project in New Britain. Esty advocated for this grant to provide critical job-training programs for at-risk youth in New Britain.

Aug 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) has been named one of four co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition’s new working group on job training and workforce development issues: the 21st Century Job Skills Working Group.

Aug 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement celebrating National Start-Up Day Across America.

“Start-up companies are critical for sustainable job growth in our state and in our country,” Esty said. “Through innovation and technology, start-ups create new products and services that solve problems and support good-paying jobs. I’m proud to celebrate National Start-Up Day and support American entrepreneurship that is so important for our economy here in Connecticut.”

Aug 1, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement in response to the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to take comprehensive action on the border crisis.

Jul 30, 2014 Press Release

(Washington) – The entire Connecticut House Delegation released the following statement today as Speaker John Boehner attempts to push through a lawsuit against President Barack Obama in the final days before the August District Work Period:

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, H.R. 2996. Esty is a member of the committee and a cosponsor of the bill.

Jul 24, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement against the House Republican majority blocking a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act, H.R. 851. Esty is a co-author of the bill.

Jul 17, 2014 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional delegation today announced a $1.2 million federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Recruitment and Retention grant for the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association to help recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters. The funds will help support 15 local departments over a two-year period through marketing campaigns, mentoring programs, technology, planning, media assistance, and leadership training.

Jul 15, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing like being there, as the saying goes -- and for Dr. Robert Bedoukian, of Danbury, on Tuesday, "there" was the White House.

He is president of Bedoukian Research, a small business started in 1972 by Bedoukian's father. It's a flavor and fragrance company employing 65 people in Danbury. Tuesday, he participated with Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., in a White House Roundtable discussion on exports.