Tong Making Economy More Competitive

November 5, 2015

Rep. William Tong, chosen by House Speaker Brendan Sharkey to serve as co-chairman of the new Commission on Economic Competitiveness, is striving to improve Connecticut’s business climate, promote economic growth and create new jobs.

The new Commission on Economic Competitiveness met Thursday and will meet again Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 8 to develop policies for making the state more economically competitive. The commission will analyze the impact state tax policy has on state business and industry, and examine the needs of large and small state businesses and industries and what they need to compete more in a challenging global economy.

“I want to thank Speaker Brendan Sharkey for his great leadership on this critical issue,” Tong said.

Unlike other task forces and blue ribbon commissions, this commission

was created specifically by Speaker Sharkey and Senate President Martin Looney to take action on proposals to increase our competitiveness and improve our business climate.

Joe McGee, of the Business Council of Fairfield County, is the other co-chairman of the commission, which includes key stakeholders like the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, representatives of labor, and large and small companies and employers.