Two leading Republicans who want to be governor, state Sen. John McKinney and businessman Tom Foley, jumped on a University of Connecticut report released Monday that said that 65,000 working-age adults have stopped looking for work during the last three years. Thousands of of these “discouraged workers” are expected to start looking for a job again as the economy improves.
“This report tells us that far too many of our neighbors have become so discouraged with the lack of opportunity in Governor Malloy’s economy that they have given up looking for full time work altogether,” McKinney said.
“While New York is attracting new businesses by cutting taxes and offering innovative incentives to create jobs – things I have advocated for here in Connecticut – Governor Malloy continues instead to pick winners and losers and promote taxpayer giveaways to large multinational corporations so they can move from one Connecticut town to another. It isn’t working,’’ McKinney said.
Foley, who came within about 7,000 votes of beating Malloy in the 2010 election called the report by the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis “further confirmation of the grim economic story in our state.”
“Governor Malloy’s tax increases and continued out of control spending are driving jobs and taxpayers out of Connecticut to better run states.”