Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, "hailed this week’s positive economic news and
urged Republicans to stop gleefully predicting economic doom," according to a release.
In the release, Sharkey
noted "recent employment numbers indicate Connecticut’s economy is
heading in the right direction."
Read more about the job numbers here
Sharkey also said that "
instead of celebrating, state Republican legislators seem bent on
rooting for failure." He was referring to this statement posted on the website of Senate Minority leader
Len Fasano , R-North Haven, about state discussions with General Electric.
of rooting for Connecticut’s failure, Republicans should applaud that
Connecticut has its lowest unemployment rate since 2008, and that our
economy is turning
the corner,” Sharkey said in the statement. “Their cynical practice of seeking
to score political points at Connecticut’s expense must stop. I welcome
their policy ideas but their drumbeat of negativity is only hurting our
state and our economy.”
Read Fasano's statement on GE here (unattributed statement removed):
“According to news reports, this
counter-offer from state government will be laden with economic
incentives which have not been disclosed,” Fasano said. “If these reports are true, then they contradict remarks made
recently about GE by Democrat leadership in the Connecticut General Assembly.”
|Sen. Len Fasano|
“If Gov. Malloy is preparing a state
taxpayer-funded counter-offer for GE to ensure that the company keeps
jobs here in Connecticut, I wonder if he has taken these statements from
leading Connecticut Democrat legislators into account?”
Fasano said, in the statemnt. “These lawmakers feel strongly that GE is not
negatively impacted by the new state budget. So why is Gov. Malloy
prepping a taxpayer-funded aid package for GE less than two months after
he signed the state budget into law?
“When Gov. Malloy signed the budget into law, he said, ‘I'm very proud to pass the budget as amended.’
He signed the budget while Democrat leaders laughed and applauded. These
reports of the potential state tax subsidies to GE now make me question
whether Gov. Malloy still considers his statement an accurate one.
“If GE is bluffing about leaving Connecticut, then
why would Gov. Malloy offer them a lot of state taxpayer money in hopes
they will stay?”