Sen. Kelly statement on gov’s proposed CT licensure fee eliminations

January 31, 2024

For Immediate Release

Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today issued the following statement regarding the governor’s recommendation that licensure application fees required for workers to obtain certain jobs in the education, childcare, and healthcare fields be eliminated.

“Republicans have consistently proposed policies which remove barriers to entering the workforce and make Connecticut a more prosperous state. Elimination of these fees will be among the centerpieces of our ‘A Better Way to an Affordable Connecticut’ plan which we will unveil next month. Opportunity is out of reach for far too many, and that lack of opportunity is tied to struggles throughout all aspects of life. We must make Connecticut more supportive of opportunity, training, and good paying jobs to support all families. We must support our young people, develop our workforce, and address the growing demand for tradespeople, teachers, and health care workers. For far too long, Connecticut’s economy has not created better paying jobs. That’s unacceptable. We must work collaboratively to create multi-faceted pathways to prosperity for Connecticut families, a more vibrant workforce and a more affordable state.”