Hartford- Today State Representative Whit Betts and State Senator Jason Welch spent the morning with local business leaders at Bauer, Inc., a Bristol company that designs and manufactures aircraft components.
The purpose of the visit was to speak with people that work in the business world and listen to their ideas, their concerns and talk about what state government can do to help encourage business growth. The roundtable discussion was organized by CONNSTEP (www.connstep.org), a business consulting organization that helps small and midsize Connecticut manufacturing companies take advantage of expert business solutions to compete and grow profitably.
Lou Auletta, President of Bauer, Inc., stressed the need to improve stability in Connecticut and work toward keeping costs low. “It’s not easy to do business in Connecticut, the costs of doing business in Connecticut are high,” said Auletta. “Spending and taxes are a huge issue.”
Representative Betts thought the discussion was informative and plans on having similar meetings with other businesses in the area.
“Sometimes it’s easy for people to say what business does or doesn’t need, but I think it’s important to speak to these businesses and hear it first hand,” Betts said. “A lot of businesses are worried about rising costs of doing business, higher taxes, expensive mandates- you name it. I really hope the legislature is listening, because if we continue to take aim on businesses it will take our state much longer to recover.”
“The message I clearly heard today was, ‘Whatever you do in Hartford, don’t make the environment worse than it already is,’” Welch said. “There are far too many hurdles for local manufacturers in Connecticut. We need to reduce the costs of job creation and job retention. We need to pass bills which show that this state is open for business.”