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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

February 22, 2017 In The News

As we celebrate President's Day this week, I reflect on our country's leaders who guided and continue to guide our nation through highs and lows. Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy and their efforts to ensure that all people have equal rights, access and opportunity for success. Equal opportunity along with social and civil rights were, and continue to be, imperative in order for our country to thrive.Today, we can equate social and civil rights to economic opportunity - the chance for everyone to succeed.

February 15, 2017 In The News

Metro-North last year set a record for ridership on the New Haven Line to New York City, but three branch lines — New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury — are falling behind.

While the number of passengers on the Danbury line posted a meager 0.8 percent increase last year compared to 2015, riders on the New Canaan line dropped 0.2 percent and Waterbury decreased 1.4 percent, figures provided by Metro-North and state officials show.

 By comparison, the New Haven Line last year carried 40.5 million passengers — a 20,000 rider increase and the most ever in Metro-North history.

February 14, 2017 In The News

Three of the state's congressional leaders want to know why ridership is falling on two of Metro-North's branch lines.

Even though business was up last year on the main New Haven line and the Danbury branch, ridership slipped on the Waterbury and New Canaan branches.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday asked Metro-North for a plan to improve service and bring back those lost customers.

"Riders are frustrated, and they want better service," they wrote in a letter to railroad President Joseph Giulietti.

February 14, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH) – After a new report that says ridership on Connecticut’s three Metro-North lines have dropped, three members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have written a letter asking the railroad to put together a plan to get more commuters on the train. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) say they cited examples of when service improvements along the lines have lead to increased ridership and when lapses in service have lead to fewer people on the trains.

February 14, 2017 In The News

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Even though the Metro-North New Haven Line broke ridership records in 2016, a recent report in the Republican-American revealed  that Connecticut's three Metro-North branches all saw decreasing ridership last year, prompting members of Congress to demand improvements.

February 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to a recent report that ridership on Connecticut’s three Metro-North branch lines have declined, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) sent a letter asking MTA-Metro-North Railroad to provide a detailed plan for improving service and increasing ridership on the Waterbury, Danbury, and New Canaan Branch lines.

January 28, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — So far, President Donald Trump’s plan to restore American manufacturing amounts to threats and promises to CEOs, and a pledge to end the “American carnage’’ of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.’’

But although Connecticut has long struggled with such a backdrop, political, business and labor leaders prefer to focus on the new manufacturing reality taking the place of the old.

January 27, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, told reporters Friday there was little to no reason for the Trump administration to deny funding for the rail line’s completion. Earlier this week, Esty was elected the vice ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position she said will enable her to advocate more effectively for Connecticut’s transportation needs at the federal level.
January 27, 2017 In The News
Getting high-speed trains and expanding the rail system in Connecticut would make a big difference in the region's transportation system, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty said in a visit Thursday to the Danbury Railroad Museum with other transportation officials.
January 27, 2017 In The News
“This is a major priority for the state. Our delegation has doubled down on a commitment to make sure, at this critical juncture, we get what the citizens of Connecticut need and deserve to have right now,” said Esty.