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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

April 26, 2017 In The News

President Trump’s economic team unveiled its long-awaited tax reform package Wednesday, with a top corporate rate dramatically lowered from 35 percent to 15 percent. “It’s a great plan,” Trump said. “It’s going to put people back to work.”

But for corporate America, is a 20-point drop too much of a good thing? Is 15 percent too much, too little or just right?

April 26, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – As Israel plans to modernize its military in the coming decade, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with  Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) today sent a letter to the Israeli Minister of Defense encouraging the country to consider procuring the CH-53K King Stallion.

April 18, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., joined business leaders, employers and job seekers in New Britain Tuesday afternoon for a discussion about job growth and employment in the city.

Alex Johnson, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners, led the discussion, focusing on job training and preparation provided by the New Britain American Jobs Center.

Johnson said that the American Job Center, as well as Capital Workforce Partners, wants to ensure that job seekers are prepared for the types of jobs they want and the business community needs.

April 17, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s appointment of former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.
April 13, 2017 In The News

NEW MILFORD — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., visited the newly opened Makery Coworking space Tuesday for a roundtable discussion with local entrepreneurs and town officials about the state’s entrepreneurial scene.

Esty, who last month had two bills to help women launch careers in science, technology, engineering and math signed by President Donald Trump, said she was glad to see the Makery in action. It was only last year, she said, she met with founder Tony Vengrove about what was then just an idea.

April 12, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, toured Toplands Farm in Roxbury on Tuesday to highlight the farm’s role in Connecticut’s agricultural economy. The farm, though historically a dairy farm, now primarily focuses on hay production, as well beef, pork, and egg products. Toplands Farm is also home to the largest collection of restored antique tractors and farm equipment in the Northeast. The farm is located at 102 Painter Hill Road. Above, Esty pets a sheep and a donkey during her visit.


April 12, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY, Conn. – Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), for the Congresswoman’s STEM Advisory Board meeting Monday. The STEM Advisory Board, which convenes four times per year, held its April 10 meeting in the Community Room at the College’s Center for Health Sciences at Founder’s Hall. Composed of education, labor, and business leaders, the STEM Advisory Board was developed to discuss federal legislation and issues facing the local STEM community.

April 12, 2017 In The News

While Congress is on break from session in Washington, D.C., Representatives are spending time in their home districts.  Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty toured Del-Tron Precision Tuesday morning.  She met with its President, Ralph McIntosh, Jr., to discuss the advanced manufacturing industry. 

April 11, 2017 In The News

NEW MILFORD – The remarkably eclectic and innovative nature of Makery Coworking, and its ability to sew together disparate technological strengths and ideas, has perhaps given U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty a glimpse of Connecticut’s future.

And she thinks it will be a bright one.

April 11, 2017 In The News

Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has met with her STEM Advisory Board to lay out the priorities for this year. Esty convened the board in 2015 in an effort to grow STEM training and industries.

Esty says STEM industries in Connecticut are still not totally efficient, partly due to the gender gap. She says many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields are still dominated by men.  But, the Democrat from Connecticut’s fifth House district says that could all change.