In an eblast to contituents, State Rep. Steve Stafstrom declares he’s “frustrated with the Connecticut doomsayers … as if they are rooting for Connecticut to fail.” He sees a more optimistic outlook.
I love Connecticut! I take great pride in this state that I grew up in, went to school in and am raising my family in. That’s why I am so frustrated with the Connecticut doomsayers who seem to only want to harp on negative economic news. It is as if they are rooting for Connecticut to fail, rather than succeed.
It’s no secret that Connecticut has had a slow recovery from the Great Recession. We were ill-prepared for the 21st-century economy in large part because of our past failure to invest in transportation, our core cities and workforce development.
But we are working to reverse that trend. Recent economic indicators highlight the progress Connecticut is making to improve its business climate and become an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Here are some of the factual economic indicators that underscore the progress Connecticut is making:
— This year, Connecticut jumped 10 spots to number 33 on CNBC’s “Top States for Business Rankings.” Connecticut was number 43 last year.
— The CNBC survey shows that Connecticut moved up from 18th to seventh place for the quality of its workforce and from 18th to third place for education. But it ranks 47 out of 50 for its infrastructure and is 43rd for the cost of doing business–areas we need to focus on.
— Connecticut experienced a 1 percent increase in new private businesses being formed, which has risen for five years in a row.
— Average annual wages for Connecticut jobs increased by half a percent.
— Connecticut added 7,000 jobs in June.
— Connecticut’s aerospace industry is gearing up for a production and jobs boom.
There is no question that there is still more work to be done to ensure a thriving future. But as we work through our state’s challenges together, I hope you will join me in seeing the glass as half full and remain a proud Nutmegger!