Kick off the New Year with CMTA - January 30, 2007

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 15, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Many new individuals have joined the legislative ranks this session.  Thirty-eight new legislators will join veterans who themselves have been in office for a relatively short time. Legislators serving prior to 1992 have been pushed out by term limits. Key staffers are reaching retirement age or moving on to more stable employment. The collective memory is getting shorter all the time.

CMTA’s challenge will be to educate our new state policymakers about the importance of manufacturing – the innovative products, high wages and good benefits for employees, and the risks we face in the global economy. But new legislators coming from local government have witnessed the decline of good manufacturing jobs since 2001. They will be receptive to our messages about high taxes, energy costs, overly burdensome regulations, the difficulty finding skilled workers, etc. Our job is to give them guidance on what to do about it, or at least to not make the situation worse with ill-considered legislation.

In 2007 CMTA will, as always, be providing policymakers with credible information about the impact of proposed legislation on manufacturing. Individual companies will play a crucial role in this effort, both describing specific impacts as well as reinforcing our global messages.  It is not too soon to start!

Please join us at our 2007 <a href="http://cmta.net/conference.php?event_id=212">Winter Policy Conference</a> and Legislative Reception on January 30, 2007. The day-long agenda will leave two hours for personal appointments mid-afternoon. A reception in the Capitol basement for legislators and staff finishes the day. Click here, Winter Policy Conference, for registration and more information.

We wish you much success in the New Year!

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