Juan Candelaria

October 27, 2011

Jobs Bill and Jackson Labs Approved by Legislature

State Representative Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) hailed passage of a comprehensive jobs bill (House Bill 6801) that will boost Connecticut’s ability to grow and retain jobs. In addition, the legislature approved the state’s commitment to Jackson Laboratory – an investment that unlocks the potential of thousands of jobs in the field of genomic medicine and the biosciences. Both measures were approved during the October 26th special session of the General Assembly.

“Passage of these bills reflects our commitment to helping small businesses grow and stay strong,” Candelaria stated. “Targeting worker training to employer needs, and other specific tools to promote economic development is all part of this comprehensive bill that I am delighted to support.”

The goal of the legislation is to jump-start job creation and foster long-term economic growth. Incentives for small business, cutting red tape and incentives for innovation, all addressed in the bill.

One of the key components of the legislation is the Small Business Express Package which will make $50 million/year available to small businesses through incentives, grants and loans.

Another vital component is aligning programs at vo-tech schools, community colleges and universities with high demand job needs of employers, including the state’s manufacturing technology companies.

Other components of the jobs bill include:

In addition, the legislature signed off on Jackson Laboratory’s plan to build a $1.1 billion research facility at the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington. The State of Connecticut will invest $291 million and Jackson Laboratory will raise the balance of $860 million for the project.

“Our investment in bioscience today will pay dividends for generations to come,” Rep. Candelaria said.

According to the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the project is expected to create over 660 positions at Jackson Laboratory in Farmington within 20 years. DECD estimates more than 4,600 bioscience jobs would be generated through spin-off companies, and another 2,000 would be added to local service and area retail stores. The project would yield more than 840 construction jobs as well.

Juan Candelaria represents the 95th Assembly District in New Haven. He is Deputy Majority Whip.