Friday, April 29, 2016

Linares Highlights “National Small Business Week”

Sen. Linares

May 1-7 is “National Small Business Week” and Sen. Art Linares is supporting legislation at the State Capitol which aims to help people start businesses and grow jobs in Connecticut.

“At the State Capitol, we must keep fighting to pass policies which help Connecticut small business owners in their efforts to thrive and grow jobs,” Sen. Linares said.  “This week, we celebrate the significant impact small businesses have on our communities.  At the same time, we must advance ideas throughout the year which ease burdens on our job creators and future entrepreneurs.”

Linares, who co-founded his own successful small business at the age of 19, is backing several pieces of legislation which aim to help small businesses, including:

·         The establishment of a Connecticut Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program to encourage and assist first-time entrepreneurs by reimbursing them for state fees associated with forming a business.
·         Helping the more than 40,000 veteran-owned businesses in the state by providing them with additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws.
·         Allowing the state to establish a “Connecticut-Made” program to promote Connecticut manufacturers and producers.

“We can make Connecticut a national leader in small business growth,” Sen. Linares said.  “But as policymakers, we must first foster a predictable business climate at the State Capitol.  That’s why I continue to push for long-term common sense solutions which will put our state on a sustainable fiscal path.  State government needs to reduce its massive overtime costs, reform its generous pension system, and make long overdue structural budget changes to become more fiscally responsible.  That’s the pathway to certainty and to success.”

“We should also enact comprehensive government spending reforms while protecting funding for local education. Hurting students is not the answer to our state’s perpetual financial problems.  Forcing local property tax hikes is not the way to boost small business growth.  Hundreds of state residents agree, and they are signing my petition at to help bring about these reforms.”

Linares ( represents Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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