WHY CT20x17?

CT20x17 is a nonpartisan coalition of residents, associations, and businesses working together to strengthen Connecticut’s economy. Our goal is to see the Constitution State ranked among the top 20 in the nation for economic competitiveness by 2017. A robust state economy is crucial to attracting businesses, which will bring more opportunities, job growth, increased revenue, and improved public services. A strong, growing economy not only protects our quality of life; it guarantees a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

MAKING PROGRESS

We’re working hard to get things moving in the right direction, but we need your support. Listed below are five of the main issues our legislature needs to address in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy.

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TRANSPORTATION

Widen I-95? Expand the state’s mass transit system? Provide tax incentives for telecommuting? There are dozens of ideas for improving Connecticut’s overwhelmed and aging transportation infrastructure. It’s an increasingly troubling issue for the state, with implications reaching far beyond an annoying daily commute.

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Job Growth: Ranking 2014: #44, Ranking 2013: 42

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JOB GROWTH

Connecticut’s economy has struggled to rebound from the 2008-2010 recession. We’ve only regained about 78% of all jobs lost during the recession and our recovery trails the rest of the country. Making the state more attractive for businesses to invest and grow will create more opportunities for good, well-paying jobs. We must pressure state lawmakers to make wise policy decisions so that businesses don’t look to other states, further impeding our recovery.

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Job Growth: Ranking 2014: #44, Ranking 2013: 42

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Tax Burden Ranking: 2015 #47; 2014, #48

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TAX BURDEN

Every year, Connecticut residents pay an average of $7,115 in state and local taxes. According to one report, this surpasses the national average by a whopping 26%. The financial site WalletHub ranks the average resident’s tax payment fifth highest in the country. Lower taxes attract more people and businesses to the state, increasing the overall tax base.

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Cost of Doing Business: Ranking 2014: #47, Ranking 2013: #43

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COST OF DOING BUSINESS

Connecticut continues to slip in national business climate rankings, including CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business study. The cost of doing business–which includes personal income and business tax burdens and energy costs–is a major factor in those rankings and Connecticut continues to slip in this key area. We must address business costs if we hope to realize Connecticut’s full economic potential.

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ECONOMY

Connecticut’s real gross domestic product (GDP) increased by a mere 0.6% in 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and our economic recovery from the recession continues to trail the rest of New England. Among the 50 states and Washington D.C., Connecticut ranked 42nd in economic growth.

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WHY CONNECTICUT?

Connecticut is a great place to live and work. Below we’ve listed a few of the reasons why more than 3.5 million people are proud to call this state home. By building on these positives, we can ensure a better future for both ourselves and the coming generations.

A sunny beach at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, Connecticut

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven

Quality of Life

Low crime and poverty rates, high health ranking, and hundreds of local attractions are just some of the reasons why people love living in Connecticut (and the Fall foliage is certainly a perk).

A meeting of diverse young business professionals at B:Hive Co-Working Space, Bridgeport, Connecticut

B:Hive Co-Working Space, Bridgeport

A Diverse and Talented Workforce

Over 36% of Connecticut adults have earned a bachelor’s degree – the fourth-highest concentration of college grads in the nation. This academically ambitious state also boasts the third-highest concentration of adults with graduate or professional degrees.

General Electric Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut

GE Headquarters, Fairfield

WORLD-CLASS COMPANIES

Connecticut is home to world-class companies that are the envy of other states and countries, with a rich legacy of entrepreneurship and innovation–a legacy that continues today–across aerospace, medical technology, financial services, insurance, bioscience, healthcare, renewable energy, entertainment, and more.

The Yale University Sterling Law building on a sunny spring day in New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University Sterling Law Building, New Haven

Education

From UConn to Wesleyan to Fairfield to Yale, some of the best universities in the world are located right here in Connecticut. Additionally, a recent survey of high school performance named Connecticut third overall in the nation.

A Metro North commuter train on the New Haven Line makes a station stop in Stamford, Connecticut

Metro-North New Haven Line, Stamford

Location

Situated between two of the nation’s most powerful economies, Connecticut has the unique ability to draw from a variety of resources while easily serving both New York City and Boston.

A female scientist working on a biotech breakthrough at Cellular Genomics in Branford, Connecticut

Gilead, Branford

Biotech Innovation

The biotech and biopharma industries represent new and emerging technologies in Connecticut and are key drivers for future economic growth. Those companies are developing lifesaving medicines and new critical medical devices.

ACT NOW

When Connecticut’s economy thrives, every resident has an increased chance at success. If this is what you want for your friends, your family, and yourself, click the button below to learn what you can do to help ensure that Connecticut has a bright future.