Sen. McKinney Embarks on Jobs Tour in Advance of September Special Session

August 9, 2011

Hartford, CT – State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) will begin a five-stop jobs tour on Wednesday and plans to meet with more than 50 Connecticut employers from all corners of the state during the month of August. The purpose of the tour is to discuss the impact of recent legislation and state budget decisions on Connecticut businesses and to solicit input for the anticipated September special session on jobs.

“One-party rule in Connecticut, where Democrats control the Governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature for the first time in 20 years, has resulted in a number of major policy changes affecting Connecticut businesses and their ability to create jobs. Income and sales taxes have increased; the corporate tax surcharge was doubled; and we became the first state in the nation to require employers to pay employees for sick time-off. The purpose of this tour is to get a first hand account of how Connecticut businesses are coping with these new laws and what changes the legislature should consider making when it convenes in special session next month,” said Senator McKinney.

The jobs tour kicks-off tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at Lacey Manufacturing in Bridgeport where Senator McKinney will meet with area business owners, members of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and members of the New Haven Manufacturers Association. On Thursday, BYK USA will host Senator McKinney for a meeting with area business owners and members of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce.

Following is a complete list of meetings and locations:

Wednesday, August 10th
12:00 p.m., Lacey Manufacturing, 1146 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Lacey Manufacturing is a full service contract manufacturer of finished assemblies, subassemblies and precision components. More than 80 years experience providing manufacturing services for the Medical Device, Commercial and Bearing Markets.

Thursday, August 11th
10:00 a.m.
524 South Cherry Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

Thursday, August 18th
10:00 a.m.
Marion Manufacturing
1674 Reinhard Road
Cheshire, CT 06410

Tuesday, August 30th
10:00 a.m.
Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce
914 Hartford Turnpike
Waterford, CT 06385

Wednesday, August 31st
10:00 a.m.
Mott Corporation
84 Spring Lane
Farmington, CT 06032