The state’s largest trade organization today released its annual legislative scorecards, reflecting votes from Connecticut lawmakers on major bills from the 2022 General Assembly session.
Votes were scored for 10 bills, chosen for their potential impact — positive or negative — on job growth and the state’s post-pandemic recovery.
The AABC’s Rebuilding Connecticut: Next Steps policy initiatives, supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, feature in many of these bills.
“Connecticut employers continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic, inflation and labor shortages,” said AABC President and CEO Chris DiPentima.
“Our voting records reflect lawmakers’ priorities, measuring their support for small businesses and much-needed workforce development and affordability solutions.
“There was broad bipartisan support for a number of positive measures such as expanding the Learn to Make Manufacturing Tax Credit to small businesses and helping returning citizens.
“The scorecard also captures the regrettably contradictory attitude of some legislators toward employers due to their votes on bills such as the employer gag order.”
AABC Vice President of Public Policy Eric Gjede said the scorecard demonstrates a legislator’s level of awareness of critical issues impacting the economy and job creation.
“We see a growing number of bipartisan and moderate lawmakers recognizing that the high cost of living and labor shortages are major threats to our economic recovery,” he said.
“Our 2022 voting scorecards show which lawmakers were willing to stand with the business community to prioritize these issues.
“We need to hear solutions from candidates on the campaign trail this summer and fall that will further address these challenges.”
CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, large and small, representing a wide range of industries from all regions of the state. For more information, please contact Ali Warshavsky (860.244.1929).