The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce hosted a Regional Legislative Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Plainville Republicans, State Sen. Henri Martin and State Rep. Dr. William Petit, joined state State Sen. Gennaro Bizzarro (R-6) and state representatives Whit Betts (R-78), Mike Demicco (D-21), Cara Pavalock- D’Amato (R-77), John Piscopo (R-76), and Chris Ziogas (D-79). The event was a Q & A forum moderated by Chamber Regional Legislative Action Committee Co-chair, Paul Lavoie.
The forum kicked off with each state legislature speaking about Connecticut’s strengths, such as its workforce. Legislators championed Connecticut’s good geographic location that allows for Massachusetts residents to not only do business in Connecticut, but also afford cheaper housing, with a mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods.
“It’s our quality of life, engineers, housing prices,” said Petit. “Massachusetts residents come to Connecticut; it’s urban and suburban,”
The state has apprenticeship programs, and trades to aid in the needs of the workforce as an alternative to attending college.
Lawmakers said that, despite the workforce strengths, it is not all that it could be. The state is losing local businesses because there is no money to pay and sustain them in order to mandate them, and there is no one to replace the aging employees.
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