It was back to back to back meetings for the new Governor Tuesday. Meeting with municipal leaders from around the state this morning at New Haven and the biggest of the big shots from Connecticut’s biggest businesses this afternoon.
The Governor-elect met with the top executives from those ten large companies at the iconic Travelers Tower in Hartford. The other local insurance giants; Aetna, Cigna and The Hartford, were represented along with United Technologies, Electric Boat, Sikorsky, Stanley Black & Decker, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
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Those companies from all of the major regions of the state, directly employ about 70,000 people in Connecticut. Thousands more are employed at hundreds of subcontractors. It was the first meeting of the Connecticut business round table. Afterward, Governor-elect Ned Lamont saying, “I said, ‘look, we’re going to get our fiscal house in order. I need you at the table as well believing in this state and this is the begining of communication and you’re going to have a Governor that listens to you.”
All through the election campaign, Lamont said he wanted to be a Governor that helps to create new jobs and create a pro business climate. But he knows the best chance of making big changes will be in the first year adding, “I know that and I think they know that. They said, ‘we love this state, we want to grow in this state, we want to invest in this state, get your fiscal house in order Connecticut and we’re on board.”
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Joe Brennan is head of the state’s largest business organization; the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. He put the meeting together and tells News 8, “We just thought it was important now, after the election, to figure out how we can work together to do what we all want to do and that’s
just to make Connecticut a better state in which to live and work.”
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association has been opposed to mandates like a $15 per hour minimum wage and ‘Paid Family Leave,’ issues that Lamont campaigned on. But Brennan says his organization plans to work with legislative leaders on this and other issues.