Press release from Derek Czenczelewski, Republican City Council candidate in the 3rd District:
On Monday, Pratt and Whitney announced the closing of both the East Hartford and Cheshire operations, impacting a number of employees and their families. 79 of those employees call Bristol home, and I would like to take this opportunity to send them my sympathy. I understand the difficulties that come from being laid-off, and the harsh reality that these employees will be joining the millions of other American citizens who have lost their jobs recently.
We continue to hear our politicians apologize and claim how “they are working hard for the workers,” but we have yet to see this come to fruition. We hear the claims of our economy “rebounding,” but try telling that to the workers just laid-off by Pratt and Whitney. Congressman Larson stated, “It is disappointing that at the end of the day, the interests of shareholders, and not the years of hard work and sacrifice by these employees, motivated the company’s final decision.” While I agree, I think the bigger tragedy here is that our state continues to make doing business here in Connecticut tougher than it needs to be, and continues to force Connecticut business owners to make these decisions.
Unfortunately, a business’s success is measured in dollars and cents, not employees’ personal feelings. Our state government has offered plenty of sympathy and encouraging words of recovery and change, yet all we have to show for it is a change in our wallets. Bristol is not alone in our budget woes, as these can be seen in every town, city and village in the state. Even Connecticut is far from alone, as every state in the United States is suffering from the poor economy. But we have an opportunity to change the way we handle business in Connecticut, and Bristol for that matter. We need to be offering more in the way of tax credits, incentives and subsidies to attract more jobs to the area. We have an opportunity to be the one state in the region, perhaps in the entire country, to be offering these incentives to lure business, rather than increased taxes that stifle industry. Certainly if our state can’t get that message, I plan to ensure that Bristol does.
The idea is simple: Increase your tax base to preserve or reduce your tax rates. We have the opportunity to lure jobs to Bristol, but we need to get our officials onboard with this. I don’t have a political record to fall back on, as I haven’t been in politics my whole life. While I haven’t been in politics, I have been in school, learning how to make my community better. I’ve also been working in the private sector, and experiencing the effects of a tough economy, just like each and every one of you. I learned how to be business-minded and the fundamentals that will get us back on the right path. So while I can’t promise that if I’m elected our State or Federal officials will change, I can promise that we here in Bristol certainly will.
3rd District City Council Candidate
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