It’s About Good Paying Middle Class Jobs

February 24, 2016

“Connecticut is not going back to that pre-recession reality. It just does not exist anymore.” – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

I wanted to highlight those recent comments from the governor for you, because I strongly disagree with them.

As your state senator, I am not satisfied with people losing their jobs or earning less money.

As your voice in Hartford, I am not willing to surrender our future.

Here’s why:

I remember a time when people were not worried about their jobs.

They weren’t worried because they knew that if they weren’t satisfied with their current job, they would be able to find a different job relatively easily.

Today, I am hearing a different message from many of you.

Rather than being hopeful of getting a raise this year, you are fearful of getting laid off.

As your state senator, I will continue to do all I can at the State Capitol to restore certainty to our state’s economy and put Connecticut back on the road to prosperity.

To achieve that goal, we must create a climate which supports good paying middle-class jobs.

Tax hikes and job killing laws continue to be passed by Gov. Malloy and his majority Democrats in Hartford. Those short-sighted policies have our state on the wrong path and have created hardships for working families across Connecticut.

These policies drove General Electric out of Connecticut, along with hundreds of jobs. Area families, charities, and local jobs which benefited from GE’s presence are now being negatively impacted.

And what about Sikorsky? During the last four years there have been several rounds of layoffs at Sikorsky. We need to make sure that we can grow more Sikorsky jobs here, rather than simply retaining them or worse, losing them.

When GE announced its departure, the Governor’s disappointing reaction was, “you win some, you lose some.”

We cannot lose Sikorsky.

State lawmakers have an opportunity in 2016.

· By reducing the cost of government, we can get off this treadmill of middle class tax hikes;
· By making structural changes to force government to live within its’ means, we can grow good jobs here;
· By eliminating policies that kill jobs, we can return to the prosperous Connecticut we remember.

Reducing the size and scope of state government will ease the constant pressure on our pocketbooks. The record tax hikes we endured in the past five years have brought about the uncertainty that our families feel today.

Last year, Republicans offered a detailed budget plan called the “Blueprint for Prosperity” which puts Connecticut on a long-term path to stability without cutting crucial services for hospitals, the disabled, and seniors. Our plan provides tax relief to help people keep more of their hard earned money and phases out taxes on pensions under $100,000.

We all can play a role in this effort by staying active and involved. We all want to see our state thrive, and we all want Connecticut to remain a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

And we don’t want to worry about our jobs and our futures. The legislative session started Feb. 3 and ends May 4. Let’s get to work.

**Sen. Kevin Kelly can be reached at 800-842-1421 and [email protected] .