Fasano, Kelly: Democrat Administration is Completely Out of Touch with Business Needs

August 31, 2016

Statement in Response to Sikorsky Layoffs

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement regarding the 109 Sikorsky layoffs at the company’s Stratford headquarters announced by Lockheed Martin on Tuesday.

“The question must be asked ‘what in the world are Governor Malloy, the Democrat majority and Commissioner Smith thinking? Their bad decision making coupled with their bad business policies have accelerated the problems that Connecticut’s economy is facing. In the last few years a pattern has developed in the state of Connecticut. The state gives money or offers individual incentives to companies to bribe them to remain in Connecticut. But businesses continue to leave or move jobs out of state. We see it with GE, Boehringer Ingelheim, RBS, Hallmark, Praxair, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and Borgeson Universal, just to name a few. We hear it from small businesses across the state all the time. And now we also see it with Sikorsky. The Democrats in charge of our state are completely out of touch with what the business community needs to grow jobs and thrive. They offer special deals to a privileged few, at the expense of increasing burdens on everyone else. As a result, layoffs like what is happening at Sikorsky hurt even more, because they come at a time of weakness and limited opportunity.

“Those of us who care enough to ask questions of the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) are kept in the dark and told ‘trust me’ by the Democrat administration. DECD and Governor Malloy have assured the public multiple times that there is nothing to worry about regarding Sikorsky’s presence in our state. Just this summer, DECD Commissioner Smith told us that ‘none of those layoffs will occur at Sikorsky,’ when we raised questions about Lockheed Martin’s announcement that 350 employees would be laid off. Commissioner Smith also told us the DECD was doing everything possible to remain in regular contact with Connecticut businesses. So how did they not see this coming? How can they stand by and watch businesses continue to leave our state without changing anything to stop it?

“No one should be shocked by recent survey results that found 40 percent of people in Connecticut will likely leave this state because of concerns about jobs, employment, business conditions and healthcare costs. It’s devastating, but there is hope if people start admitting to their failed policies and if we move our state in a new direction. If the Democrat majority doesn’t admit to their failure, then we need to change the majority. To grow jobs and attract businesses Connecticut needs to create an environment in which everyone can thrive. We need to give everyone access to the same opportunities to succeed. Clearly, the form of leadership we’ve seen from Democrats in control of the legislature and governor’s office has not put our economy on the right path. It has made it difficult for businesses to flourish and people to find jobs. We can improve our state, but we have to change to make it happen.”