Rep. Wright supports Dems’ jobs, biz agenda

State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) is endorsing the jobs and business agenda that Democratic leaders from the House and Senate announced recently for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session that convenes on Feb. 5, reported a press release from his office.
“We are listening to the real concerns of average middle class people,” Wright said via the press release. “I welcome an agenda that calls for us to concentrate on helping to put people back to work, creating jobs and supporting small businesses who continue to struggle.”
The Democrat agenda includes the following proposals, reported Wright’s news release:
• Re-capitalizing Connecticut’s highly successful STEP-Up program, which offers employers who hire an unemployed worker either a wage subsidy to help pay a new employee’s salary for the first six months, or provides a six-month training grant. Since its creation in October 2011, more than 2,000 unemployed people have been hired under STEP-Up.
• Implementing new school-to-job programs such as an accelerated certificate program (12 months) combining basic education and technical and career training; an I-Best program for adult students lacking a GED which combines GED preparation with real-world skills training; and an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, where students combine paid work and college level study towards the attainment of an associate’s degree.
• Cutting Red Tape by pre-permitting business development, renovation or new construction by pre-approving zoning and environmental reviews in order to save businesses time and money.
“Business leaders have asked us to focus on the economy,” Wright said, according to the release. “We need to continue to help the many manufacturing businesses, like we have in Bristol, by investing in job training programs that match workers with employers who are searching for skilled workers.”