Business executives, Lamont meet to discuss economy, fiscal problems

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont and executives of some of the largest companies in Connecticut met Tuesday in Hartford as the two sides size each other up on issues ranging from the state budget to the economy.

Joe Brennan, president of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, said the state’s fiscal and workforce problems were among the issues discussed at the one-hour meeting at Travelers in Hartford.

Manufacturers in particular are racing to fill thousands of jobs to build jet engines, submarines, helicopters and countless parts needed by the defense industry.

A Lamont spokesperson declined top comment about the gathering, which followed a meeting with mayors from across the state in New Haven. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, New Haven Mayor Tony Harp, Stamford Mayor David Martin, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary met with Lamont.

The meeting of business leaders was “put together relatively quickly” before Election Day Nov. 6, Brennan said. The session will help “start or continue the dialogue,” he said.

A press release from Lamont’s office said those attending included Aetna Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim, Cigna Corp., General Dynamics Electric Boat, The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Sikorsky, Stanley Black & Decker Inc., The Travelers Cos. Inc., United Technologies Corp. and Webster Bank.

Lamont faces a budget deficit of at least $2 billion, weak economic growth and a business community resistant to taxes.

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