Bipartisan Jobs Bill Helps Businesses Cut Through Red Tape

October 28, 2011

Hartford, CT – Wednesday’s Jobs Special Session included a bipartisan jobs bill to encourage growth and create a better environment for businesses in Connecticut. We tackled several areas of red tape that business owners say creates more headaches than jobs.

Senator Fasano said, “There is hope and promise for the future. Small businesses will benefit from the easing of regulations and infusion of incentives to create jobs.”

In the expansive jobs bill several things are highlighted:

  • A Small Business Express Program to assist small businesses that employ less than 50 employees.
  • Job Expansion Tax credit program to give employers a credit for hiring someone who’s unemployed, disabled or an honorably discharged veteran.
  • Cuts the business entity tax
  • Requires streamlining of the permitting process

In addition to having the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection examine its permitting process – the bill allows towns to fast track re-construction of property that was damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.

“The bill allows a family to rebuild their home without getting new permits – as long as the new building complies with building and safety codes and has the same specifications as the old building,” said Senator Fasano. “It puts people back to where they were prior to the natural disaster – faster.”

Towns will be required to sign off on the fast track process. Legislation allows for a municipality to pass a local ordinance allowing a construction permit to be issued – without seeking or obtaining additional approval from any municipal board or commission.

Hundreds of residents along Connecticut’s coast line suffered millions of dollars worth of damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

“This resolution allows them to rebuild faster and get their lives back on track, allowing them to embark on a new beginning without the frustration of red tape,” added Senator Fasano. “Easing the regulation responsibly will also help create work for carpenters, electricians and builders.”