Statement by Senator McKinney on Pfizer Layoffs

February 1, 2011

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield): “Today’s news that Pfizer will be laying off 1,100 employees in Connecticut and shifting many of those jobs to Cambridge, Massachusetts is more bad news for our state’s struggling economy and sad news to those families affected by the layoffs. The very fact that one of our state’s largest and strongest employers is laying off over 1,000 employees and moving jobs next door is proof that Connecticut is an unfriendly place to do business.

“We owe it to those families impacted by these layoffs, the over 100,000 families who have lost their private sector jobs during the last two years and the people of the state of Connecticut – all of whom have already sacrificed during the economic recession – to make Connecticut business friendly, turn our economy around immediately, and get our people back to work.

“Recently Governor Malloy announced to all that ‘Connecticut is open for business,’ yet Democratic leaders in Hartford are simultaneously preparing to consider a number of job-killing bills, including paid sick leave and captive audience. In spite of the fact that unemployment continues to remain at its highest level in decades, residential foreclosures continue to climb and businesses continue to close in record numbers, legislative leaders of the Governor’s party still fail to recognize the consequences of their actions.

“We hope Governor Malloy will ask the legislative leaders of his party to pull these anti-business bills, and then we can all sit down and work on turning our economy around.”