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
More on Jobs and the Economy
WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, introduced the American Jobs Matter Act, H.R. 479, on Thursday, saying the legislation will support American manufacturers and boost job creation. The bill is the House counterpart to Sen. Chris Murphy’s bill in the Senate, S. 26.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced the American Jobs Matter Act, H.R. 479, which will leverage taxpayer money spent on federal contracts to support American manufacturers and boost job creation. Esty’s bill is the House counterpart to Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-Conn) bill in the Senate, S. 26. Murphy championed the American Jobs Matter Act as a member of U.S. House of Representatives.
Today marks the first day of the 114th Congress. The current challenges facing our country are great, but so are the opportunities for progress. I strongly believe—and I have heard from many of you—that Congress owes more to the American people than inaction and excuses. There are areas of common ground where Congress can and must work together to move our country forward.
DANBURY -- Students who helped to construct an "E-House" using energy-efficient systems on the campus of Abbott Technical High School likely won't have any trouble finding a job when they graduate.
In fact, representatives from at least one area company were on hand recently to see the project and check out some of the soon-to-graduate students as prospective employees.
"We have a real labor shortage in the industry," said Stephen Hartmann, a manager with the Danbury-based Ross Solar Group. "We just can't find enough people who know how to do this stuff."
NEW BRITAIN — A new federal grant could help more than 250 long-term unemployed residents of central and northern Connecticut get training for new careers, Capital Workforce Partners announced Monday.
The $6.7 million grant will also help 45 health care workers — mostly registered nurses — take advanced training to work in specialties with critical shortages, according to Capital Workforce and a series of health care employers in the region.
DANBURY, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on Praxair's major jobs announcement.
TORRINGTON, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on Danbury-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. beginning a two-phased expansion of its Torrington facility.
WATERBURY -- Nasya Quinonez, 13, has long wanted to be a teacher or doctor. She has a cousin in nursing.
"I like helping people, and now many of my cousins work at the hospital," Quinonez said.
Quinonez was among about 100 girls from Waterbury middle schools gathered at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday for a daylong forum on career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, also known generally as "STEM" fields. The girls-only event is part of the college's attempt to draw women into careers that continue to be dominated by men.
NEW BRITAIN — Jose Rodriguez, 17, of New Britain was working on a CNC machine Thursday when two U.S. legislators suddenly walked up to him.
Rodriguez told them he hopes to become an aerospace engineer — a career position much in demand in Connecticut, and one that E.C. Goodwin Technical High School is giving him a start in.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty toured E.C. Goodwin to celebrate and highlight ‘Manufacturing Month,” and chat with students about their learning experiences there.
U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-CT, and Chris Collins, R-NY, have introduced the Manufacturing Universities Act, H.R. 5526, to prepare engineering students for innovative careers in manufacturing.
Esty also introduced the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, H.R. 5527, to support women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professions.