One of our priorities for the 2019 legislative session is to improve our support for local businesses by streamlining government services and expanding access to capital for small businesses.
Small businesses are the lifeline of our economy. They create jobs, increase productivity, and capitalize on growth opportunities here and globally. We must continue supporting small businesses by providing them with the tools they need to succeed, so Connecticut remains poised for economic growth.
According to a recent news article, Connecticut has added more than 23,000 jobs this year. Over the past several years we have put a laser-focus on policies to promote small business growth. I believe if we prioritize empowering business owners, small businesses will succeed.
This session, we are targeting health care costs for small business. The Labor Committee is working on a bill to offer a public option for health care to small businesses.
Employers would be able to offer a reasonably priced plan with great benefits, allowing employees to get on the same plan as state employees.