State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Jobs


Catherine Templeton: Fought to keep unions out of SC

Catherine led the labor department when Boeing was charged by the Obama administration for taking union jobs to South Carolina. Catherine made it clear that South Carolina jobs were going to stay in South Carolina. As a result, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged Catherine individually and the AFL-CIO sued her in federal court for her commitment to keep South Carolina jobs here. A fight she swiftly won. . . and the jobs have grown union free.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Governor website CatherineTempleton.com Aug 17, 2017

Joe Visconti: Opposes state public employee unions

Visconti has the potential to shape the debate as a brash, theatrical politician willing do and say what others will not, mainly by launching a frontal assault on public-employee unions in Connecticut. "Democrats and the government unions are my target," Visconti said. "I'm going to blast the hell out of the government unions. They've got first dibs on the lifeboats on the state of Connecticut's Titanic, and we're all locked in steerage."
Source: Journal Tribune on Connecticut 2018 Gubernatorial race Apr 19, 2017

Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs

This past September, the Connecticut General Assembly met in a special session, to take historic action in support of our state's economy and our incredible workforce. The legislation you voted to support--and that I signed into law--protected 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft. Equally importantly, it shored up thousands more jobs up and down Sikorsky's supply chain, and across every corner of our great state. It nearly doubled their spending with local suppliers to almost $700 million per year over the next decade and beyond.

In recent years we've secured similar investments from United Technologies and Electric Boat. Taken together, these agreements cement our leadership in advanced manufacturing around the globe. Together we've protected Connecticut's aerospace and defense industries for a generation and likely beyond. We've given them predictability.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Connecticut Legislature Jan 4, 2017

August Wolf: Minimum wage of $15 per hour is too high; find middle ground

Connecticut's minimum wage is $9.15 an hour, compared to the federal standard of $7.25 per hour. The state was the first to approve boosting it to $10.10, which is scheduled for 2017. Seattle has a $15 minimum wage. "I don't think that's the right solution," Wolf said of Seattle's standard, noting "that business owners say that when they're forced to increase prices, consumers complain."

"I think there is a middle ground somewhere," he added. "I don't know where that is."

Source: Brookfield Patch on 2016 Connecticut Senate race May 31, 2015

Tom Foley: OpEd: His company moved 3,000 jobs to Mexico

Foley said that Gov. Malloy "did run this state into a ditch. You've broken this economy." The governor was unbowed. Capitalizing on an opportunity to highlight the callous corporate maneuvers that he has said characterized Foley's career as a private-equity manager, Malloy cast his opponent as out of touch with ordinary residents: "I didn't lose 3,000 jobs on a company that I owned," Malloy said. "I didn't move jobs to Mexico. I don't own a $10 million house and a $5 million boat and a $1 million plane and not pay taxes in the state of Connecticut. That's not who I am."

Complaining about what he called overly generous state investments in corporations during Malloy's tenure, Foley said, "The idea of the governor and his staff negotiating with a very sophisticated group of businesspeople--I'm a little worried for Connecticut taxpayers."

Foley listed corporations he said had eliminated jobs in Connecticut over the last three and a half years.

Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 Connecticut Gubernatorial debate Oct 17, 2014

Tom Foley: Raise minimum wage nationally, but focus on jobs in CT

The minimum wage is a fairness issue, so I support raising the minimum wage nationally to help people who struggle the most to earn a living. But Connecticut's problem isn't the minimum wage. Connecticut's problem is that far too many people, particularly young minorities in our cities, have no job at all. The job of a governor is to support policies and create an environment where high value added jobs, not minimum wage jobs, are available for everyone who wants one.

Governor Malloy hasn't done that with his huge tax increase and other policies that have cost us jobs and hurt working families. I am running for governor because I want to turn that around. I want everyone in Connecticut to have a job that pays much more than the minimum wage so workers can comfortably support themselves and their family and move on to even greater opportunities.

Source: 2014 Connecticut Governor campaign website, TomFoleyCT.com Sep 1, 2014

Tom Foley: Pledge not to change public employee collective bargaining

Tom Foley reiterated his pledge not to attempt any changes in collective bargaining rights for public employees, lay off state workers or ask that their contracts be reopened as he balances the budget, if he were to become governor.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate spoke to the 300 delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO convention, where he conceded his chances of an endorsement by the labor unions were slim.

Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Jun 16, 2014

Linda McMahon: Six-point jobs growth plan; cut taxes for the middle class

The candidates touched on the subjects of economic growth & tax rates. McMahon repeatedly emphasized her initiative in crafting a six-point jobs growth plan that would cut taxes for the middle class. If elected, she said, she would try to be a good colleague to her 2010 opponent. "It might be difficult to work with Senator Blumenthal, but he is a senator from Connecticut," McMahon said. "I would try very hard to work with Senator Blumenthal, and I think we might see eye-to-eye on some issues."
Source: Connecticut Day on 2012 CT Senate GOP primary debate Apr 19, 2012

Dan Malloy: We created 9,400 new, private sector jobs in the last year

A little more than a year ago, on the day I was sworn in as your Governor, I said we had to [address the financial crisis] while focusing simultaneously on job creation; that by focusing on those things, we would stabilize the state's finances. I said that was critical if we wanted the private sector to do what it does best: create jobs.

One year later, it turns out that by taking that less-traveled road we have passed through the crucible of that crisis. In the process, we've brought positive, far-reaching, meaningful, and systemic change to Hartford.

First and foremost, we grew jobs in Connecticut last year--9,400 new, private sector jobs were created, the first year of job growth since 2008.

The best evidence of the change we've brought to Hartford can be found in some of the arguments we've been having around here lately. Instead of arguing over how much more money state employee contracts will cost taxpayers, we're arguing over how much money those revised contracts will save.

Source: Connecticut 2012 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2012

Linda McMahon: WWE has created 20 jobs annually for 28 years

McMahon said that as a businesswoman she is better able to represent the state in the U.S. Senate because she has experience creating jobs and Blumenthal doesn't. "Over the last 28 years, WWE has averaged creating 20 jobs a year, primarily in this state. And I can tell you that's what we need more of," McMahon said. "We need someone who knows how to create jobs in the private sector so that we can have an economic recovery."

"She talks about creating jobs," Blumenthal said. "Many of the jobs she's created at WWE have no health insurance, the wrestlers and others are hired as independent contractors." Blumenthal said the WWE is under investigation by the state for allegedly classifying wrestlers as independent contractors, denying health insurance benefits and dodging taxes. "Creating those kinds of jobs, without health insurance is certainly not something that I would brag about," he said.

Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

Richard Blumenthal: Contractors without health insurance aren't good jobs

McMahon said that as a businesswoman she is better able to represent the state in the U.S. Senate because she has experience creating jobs and Blumenthal doesn't. "Over the last 28 years, WWE has averaged creating 20 jobs a year, primarily in this state. And I can tell you that's what we need more of," McMahon said. "We need someone who knows how to create jobs in the private sector so that we can have an economic recovery."

"She talks about creating jobs," Blumenthal said. "Many of the jobs she's created at WWE have no health insurance, the wrestlers and others are hired as independent contractors." Blumenthal said the WWE is under investigation by the state for allegedly classifying wrestlers as independent contractors, denying health insurance benefits and dodging taxes. "Creating those kinds of jobs, without health insurance is certainly not something that I would brag about," he said.

Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

Joseph Lieberman: My seniority helps me deliver contracts and jobs to CT

Q: What are you going to do about companies sending jobs overseas?

A: The first thing to say is that I built up some seniority, and that helps me deliver contracts and jobs for Electric Boat. I was able to insert in a bill $75 million of design work which will keep hundreds of designers and engineers at Electric Boat working. I am the second in seniority among Democrats on the Public Works Committee. That allows me to return transportation, more transportation and public works money to the state.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

Ned Lamont: Invest in infrastructure to create local jobs

LIEBERMAN: Nedís come out against trade now. He was always for it before. Connecticut benefits from trade. Not everybody does, some people suffer, and we need to help them with trade adjustment assistance. But we do $9 billion worth of exporting from Connecticut every year. That creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. One quarter of the manufacturing jobs in Connecticut depend on exports. If he thinks he can put a bubble over the US and stop all of that and make more jobs in Connecticut, heís wrong.

LAMONT: Senator, we just keep exporting jobs. Over the last 18 years, we have lost 40% of our manufacturing jobs and a lot of our defense-related jobs. Going forward, [we should] invest in infrastructure. Thatís public transportation. Thatís freight. Thatís ports. These are all things necessary to be able to build a base upon which small businesses can grow. We have been losing good-paying jobs in the state, and if Ned Lamont is a US senator, we can turn that around with a long-term strategy.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

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