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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When freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, reflects on the nearly one year she’s spent in Congress, she largely speaks in neat anecdotes about specific people she’s met along the way — including constituents and colleagues.
“I love this job,” she said, answering questions from the editorial board of the Register Citizen.
Being in space is like swimming in a pool, Astronaut Randolph Bresnik told a group of Farmington High School students Monday, drawing some laughter.
Bresnik was showing video of what it is like to eat, drink, and float around the International Space Station.
“You chuckle, but it is that much fun,” Bresnik said. “It was physically joyful just to be free to do the things that you’ve always envisioned or that you’ve seen someone do in a movie. The closest thing to it is swimming in a pool.”
WATERBURY -- Col. Randolph J. Bresnik earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics, but says he didn't realize at first just how far that would take him.
Such as all the way to the International Space Station.
"NASA is in desperate need of smart, educated people who know how to solve problems," said Bresnik, a Marine Corps aviator and NASA astronaut who also earned a master's in aviation systems.
FARMINGTON — Astronaut Randolph Bresnik said he hopes some of the students at Farmington High School will someday be among those who step foot on another planet.
Bresnik, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District,, visited the high school Monday to stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to a group of about 100 students.
"It's likely people your age that will be planting a flag on another planet," Bresnik, a NASA astronaut for almost 10 years, told the group. "That's why school is so important."
NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty spoke to Farmington High School students Monday about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) in getting a job in the field like an astronaut.
Bresnik, also a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, said that his studies in math and physics from as far back as high school taught him about problem solving. Before NASA hired many of his fellow astronauts, they were regular people like the high school students in the audience, he said.
Since taking office, I've had the honor of meeting with business owners from around our district and our state. They are eager to share with me their successes as well as their concerns. When I ask what I can do to support them as they grow their businesses and create jobs, many say the same thing: Congress must fix our broken immigration system.
I recently visited iDevices, a groundbreaking company in Avon, Connecticut that’s developed everything from a wearable Bluetooth app to an advanced smart meat thermometer. Companies like iDevices are the epicenters of job creation in America: they combine innovative products with the can-do, entrepreneurial spirit of their founders to benefit consumers and provide stable, well-paying jobs for millions of Americans.
Washington, D.C. – As hearings on the first reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act since 2010 commenced this week, the New Democrat Coalition unveiled its comprehensive agenda for COMPETES. The Coalition’s leaders on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee – the committee of jurisdiction for COMPETES – spearheaded the effort, convening for several months in informal talks and briefings to build support for the tech-friendly agenda.
NEW BRITAIN — City leaders were among those who sat down with U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, Sunday afternoon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to discuss immigration reform.
A focus was put on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15), which was introduced to the House of Representatives and is currently awaiting enough cosponsors to support a vote.
Recently, after months of inexcusable dysfunction and discord– including a reckless government shutdown and a debacle over potential default – the House did something remarkable. In a nearly unanimous, bipartisan vote, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), one of the most significant infrastructure bills in years. You’d be hard pressed to find a whole lot of chatter about this bill on cable news channels and it didn’t trend on Twitter.