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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


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.  We have a real opportunity 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 with skills training and investments in our community colleges.

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.

For more information on my work and views on growing our economy or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Jobs and the Economy

June 22, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Senate GOP’s health care bill:
June 22, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) today introduced the Green Bank Act, which would create American jobs and fight climate change by incentivizing large-scale private investment in clean-energy projects across the United States.
June 17, 2017 In The News

Since 1843, Stanley Black & Decker has called Connecticut, specifically New Britain, home, and company officials say they have no plans to move elsewhere.

The company employs 1,600 people in Connecticut and 54,000 globally, with multiple locations in the state across six cities and towns.

"We are known as the Hardware City because of Stanley Tools," said New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.

June 16, 2017 In The News
Five hundred gathered in the Marriott hotel downtown to kick off the 175th birthday celebration of Stanley Black & Decker.
June 16, 2017 In The News
The Waterbury Regional Chamber is presenting a second networking event on how manufacturers and related businesses in Greater Waterbury can work with General Dynamics Electric Boat.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord:
June 1, 2017 Press Release
Latest Trump Budget Proposal Would Gut AmeriCorps Funding
May 30, 2017 In The News

MERIDEN — A chance meeting in a city beauty salon in January helped Fatima Ramirez obtain permanent residency for herself and security for her family.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”