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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.  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

July 18, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today praised the advancement of legislation to provide the Amtrak National Network with $1.1 billion in funding in FY 2018.
July 12, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today praised the Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement that it is no longer considering a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut’s coastline. Instead, the FRA announced that it will undertake a comprehensive approach to study how service can be improved between Connecticut and Rhode Island, while providing much-needed upgrades along existing corridors.
June 27, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today voted against H.R. 299, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, during the Committee’s mark-up of the legislation.
June 27, 2017 In The News
Two members of the state’s congressional delegation helped roll out legislation this week to support state and local efforts, such as the Connecticut Green Bank, to invest in clean-energy initiatives.
June 26, 2017 In The News
FEMA funding from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program is being allocated to to support a fire department in New Milford.
June 23, 2017 In The News
5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Senator Chris Murphy are each introducing legislation to combat climate change and create jobs in the clean-energy sector.
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 In The News
Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Sen. Chris Murphy introduced the Green Bank Act which would create more jobs and fight climate change across the United States.
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 22, 2017 In The News
A push is under way to create a national version of Connecticut’s Greenbank to fund clean energy ventures, even as President Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris climate accord and guts environmental regulations.