State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) attended the annual legislative meeting of the Orange Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 8 and spoke about how local small businesses are the true engines for job creation in Connecticut.
The Orange Chamber legislative update took place at High Plains Community Center in Orange. The legislators gave an opening statement and then answered questions from chamber members and business owners.
Some of the topics discussed at the event were:
- The current state of Connecticut’s transportation system including a middle lane on the Orange part of the Post Road, adding a railroad station and the Governor’s proposal on the re-institution of tolls.
- Lowering taxes on businesses to permit them to expand or hire more employees.
- Fixing the Unemployment Insurance Fund with employers expected to face higher federal unemployment trust account (FUTA) charges due to the ongoing insolvency of the state’s unemployment insurance fund. Connecticut’s FUTA charges are expected to be among the highest in the nation.
- Streamlining the state regulatory review process for businesses that are presently left waiting months sometimes years for decisions, stifling business growth.
- Updating state building codes. The state codes are so far behind current installations will be out of code by the time the code book is updated.
Rep. Staneski said, “I pledge to work with the Orange business owners at the State Capitol to find concrete solutions to these common sense problems which will make our state more business-friendly.”
“Our state needs to start treating business as a partner and not an adversary in making the strongest economic engine it can be,” said Ferraro.