Manufacturing & Technology Day at the CT State Capitol

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association hosted a Manufacturing & Technology Day at the Connecticut State Capitol today. Horst Engineering participated with 39 other companies. We were showing our products and services trade show style in the Capitol lobby. The idea was to meet as many legislators as possible in an effort to educate them about our concerns. 

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2009 has seen an unprecedented amount of legislation that poses serious dangers to Connecticut’s businesses. When you endanger businesses, you endanger the economy. There are dozens of tax increase schemes, mandates, and other bills that will harm our business should they pass. The legislature is dominated by politicians who could really care less about free enterprise. They seem to think that they can spend our way out of this recession and make up the budget shortfalls on the backs of businesses. Their approach is terribly misguided. 

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We learned that so few of them actually care at all about our concerns. The participation from the legislators was disappointing. When I went up to see them “working” on the floor, I was shocked to see how apathetic they looked. Granted, I’m lumping them all together, but when the majority is hell bent on keeping the status quo when it comes to government’s role, then they deserve to be branded this way. If they think that taxing capital equipment, taxing materials, taxing calibration services, taxing other business expenses, and implementing universal health care is the way to grow our economy again, then they truly are clueless. The small and mid-sized businesses of our state deserve far more respect than these people give us. We will do our part and speak up, but they ought to listen more.

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