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"...My first, second, and third priorities will be our state’s economy. In our state, working together with a laser focus on our state’s economy must include encouraging Connecticut employers to leverage the amazing talent of Connecticut veterans by hiring them onto their teams until we have full employment for Connecticut’s veterans.
We must also cultivate Connecticut as a start-up and scale-up state to stimulate economic growth at a faster pace, including for Connecticut veteran entrepreneurs, to help re-energize the economic engine of opportunity for all Connecticut citizens. Connecticut has the talent (especially our veterans) to become a place where businesses thrive and economic growth is reinvigorated.
We haven’t realized our potential yet, but by making state government more agile and responsive, even in the face of our difficult fiscal realities, we can maximize the return on our investment and change the narrative about Connecticut.
We know that small businesses are responsible for up to 70 percent of all job creation. As such, a vigorous small business economy is key to job growth and economic expansion. Our state is particularly fertile ground for veteran-owned small businesses, with some 30,000-plus businesses out of a veteran working population of 90,000, or a ratio of better than one-to-three. Veteran-owned businesses contribute approximately 9 percent to our state’s gross domestic product, some $20 billion annually.