Martin, Petit join regional forum

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Plainville legislators joined a group of lawmakers at a regional legislative breakfast last Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol. The event was sponsored by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Front, from left, State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R), State Rep. Dr. William Petit (R) and State Rep. John Piscopo (R). Back, Paul Lavoie, Co-Chair of Chamber Regional Legislative Action Committee; State Sen. Gennaro Bizzarro (R); State Rep. Whit Betts (R); State Rep. Mike Demico (D); State Sen. Henri Martin (R); State Rep. Christopher Ziogas (D); and President and CEO of Central CT Chambers of Commerce, Cindy Bombard.

JAMILA YOUNG

STAFF WRITER

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce hosted a Regional Legislative Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Plainville Republicans, State Sen. Henri Martin and State Rep. Dr. William Petit, joined state State Sen. Gennaro Bizzarro (R-6) and state representatives Whit Betts (R-78), Mike Demicco (D-21), Cara Pavalock- D’Amato (R-77), John Piscopo (R-76), and Chris Ziogas (D-79). The event was a Q & A forum moderated by Chamber Regional Legislative Action Committee Co-chair, Paul Lavoie.

The forum kicked off with each state legislature speaking about Connecticut’s strengths, such as its workforce. Legislators championed Connecticut’s good geographic location that allows for Massachusetts residents to not only do business in Connecticut, but also afford cheaper housing, with a mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods.

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“It’s our quality of life, engineers, housing prices,” said Petit. “Massachusetts residents come to Connecticut; it’s urban and suburban,”

The state has apprenticeship programs, and trades to aid in the needs of the workforce as an alternative to attending college.

Lawmakers said that, despite the workforce strengths, it is not all that it could be.  The state is losing local businesses because there is no money to pay and sustain them in order to mandate them, and there is no one to replace the aging employees.

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