Dem Michalik highlights economic plan at forum

State Senate candidate Rob Michalik highlighted his plan for moving Connecticut forward on Wednesday, Sept. 24 during a candidate forum sponsored by Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce, a campaign press release announced.

“There can be no sustainable recovery from the latest downturn in the economy unless we strengthen our middle class by creating more good-paying jobs,” said Michalik, the release reported. “That requires, first and foremost, that we get our short-term budgetary issues under control and appropriately address our long-term unfunded liabilities, so that businesses have the confidence to invest in Connecticut. It also requires that we take steps to eliminate unnecessary regulations that prevent businesses from growing. Finally, it requires that we make prudent investments in in high-quality education and training programs so that we can be sure that our workforce is prepared for the jobs of today – and the jobs of tomorrow.

“When I am in the Senate, I’ll use my experience in economic development to fight to hold the line on spending and taxes, reduce the regulatory burden on the business community, and make higher education and job training more affordable,” added Michalik, according to the press release. “Getting our state back on the right track won’t be easy, but with the right policies and leadership, I am confident that Connecticut can thrive once again.”

Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce represents over 40 businesses from Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston – the five towns of the 31st State Senate District.