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Middlebury Job Creation: Goal of Senator's Proposal

State Sen. Rob Kane proposed an economic development zone for the area around the Waterbury-Oxford Airport. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

State Sen. Rob Kane, R-32, spoke to area small business leaders about building business and creating jobs in Middlebury and other towns in western Connecticut, at the National Federation of Independent Businesses Evenings with Entrepreneurs event September 28 at the 121 Restaurant at Waterbury-Oxford Airport.

He addressed business leaders' concerns and discussed the economic development zone he has proposed for the area around the airport, according to a press release.

Gov. Dannel Malloy recently vetoed Kane’s bill to create an economic development zone around Oxford Airport, even though the bill passed nearly unanimously in the legislature, the press release stated.

Kane said he will continue to fight for passage of the bill in the Wednesday, Oct. 26, special session of the legislature. He said the bill will provide incentives to small businesses to grow manufacturing, high tech and research jobs in the zone, which is accessible to I-84 and ripe for development.

Kane noted that he slightly amended his proposal to address some of the Malloy administration's concerns.

"We have made the zone smaller," said Kane. "We narrowed the zone’s 'bull’s eye,' if you will. It is more focused. More condensed. But the idea is the same. This idea will create jobs here in Oxford, Middlebury and Southbury. It will be a boost for small businesses. We always hear politicians say that 'Connecticut is open for business.' Well, if that's true, then we should pass this common sense measure as soon as possible.  What are we waiting for?"

Neer NFar October 03, 2011 at 07:29 PM
These guys want to kill off what is left of my part of middlebury. I say they need to go away and leave us alone. I think we not only deserve a HUGE decrease in taxes (let oxford pick up that tab), but free electricity from that power plant that oxford is having built. ENOUGH ALREADY Sentator Kane!!!!!! We don't want it, and governor malloy says no. NOBODY wants it, go away!
Neer NFar October 03, 2011 at 07:32 PM
The only reason this godforsaken thing is 'ripe' for development is that connecticut is terrible to business. They are grasping at straws. Our state has already confirmed billions of dollars to businesses that are already here (ESPN, Cigna, those ticket people), not to mention that ridiculous bus route that is costing far too much north of us. GO THE HECK AWAY with this 'economic' zone idea and leave the residents of the towns alone already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a republican and I feel this way, I can't imagine how the liberals feel about it!
Sean M October 05, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Rob Kane goes on the radio and complains that government should not pick winners and losers with the First Five program, yet he asks for taxpayer money as a handout to a few towns in his district. Cut tax rates and regulation. Get the government out of the way. Stop with taxpayer handouts.

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