By JEN CARDINES
House Majority Leader and 30th Assembly District representative Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) led a press conference in East Hartford on Sept. 20 at the Goodwin College Business and Manufacturing Center.
With over three dozen candidates by his side, Aresimowicz and the Connecticut House Democrats revealed their plans for investing in the state’s future, which include affordable higher education, senior citizen support, lowering taxes, working wages, and more.
The majority leader opened the conference by saying, “…right behind all the cameras is a big Pratt & Whitney banner, and how fitting after their announcement of 8,000 new jobs coming to the state of Connecticut that we are here in this building today.”
Goodwin College president Mark Scheinberg spoke about the opportunities for manufacturing, technology, and aerospace industries. He said, “Goodwin College is a great example of a public-private partnership that is truly working. We’ve had three partners from Pratt & Whitney and UTC [United Technologies Corporation] who we train for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology…We’re showing that in a very short period of time we can get people up and running and working in Connecticut at very decent jobs.”
Connecticut Spring & Stamping (Farmington) Director of Metal Form-Manufacturing John Testa, who recently signed on as an adjunct professor at Goodwin, spoke as well.
“We need to keep the manufacturing fires burning and we certainly appreciate the support,” he said. “It’s our belief that it’s a collaborative effort. It’s new legislators, design legislation supporting legislation that helps manufacturing and manufacturing training grow. It’s institutions like Goodwin who create programs that meet the needs of the new technologies.”
The workforce as a whole was addressed by the democrats, highlighting small businesses and training programs for growing areas in addition to the large focus on manufacturing.
In addition, they highlighted tax breaks for new college graduates and exempting social security payments from state income tax to make Connecticut more affordable for seniors.
The Democrats want to focus on these issues in their campaign platform because they feel it will serve a multitude of people at all ages and working classes.
The complete House Democrats’ vision statement, “Investing in Connecticut’s Future,” can be seen at www.CTHDCC.com