Manufacturing companies express concerns to CT lawmakers

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a great deal of work being done in Hartford as lawmakers try to balance the current budget by the June 3rd deadline, and plan ahead for the next two years.

That’s why 40 manufacturing companies showed up at the state capitol this morning to talk with lawmakers about their growing concerns about decisions that will directly impact their business.

“It’s more like an education in making sure they understand just how vital we are to the economy,” said Douglas Johnson, president of the Marion Manufacturing Company in Cheshire.

If you take a close look at the numbers you’ll see just how valuable manufacturing is here in the state. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, there are 4,152 manufacturing companies in the state. They employ roughly 164,200 jobs and pay $184 million in taxes every year.

“We’re afraid we’re reaching a tipping point where the availability of employees will become difficult,” said Bill Lee, president and CEO of the Lee Company in Westbrook.

Today’s event at the state capitol gave business owners the chance to show lawmakers what they do on a daily basis, and talk with them about decisions that directly impact their operations by causing less hiring and forcing some of them to leave the state all together.

“Companies have to decide where they invest their money,” said Brian Flaherty, senior vice president of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. “Should it be creating jobs or going to the state budget in $2 billion in taxes that are on the table.”

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