State Rep. Melissa Ziobron talks business with contractors

By -- Press Release --
Region - posted Mon., Mar. 4, 2013
State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34). Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

On a recent Saturday night, the Connecticut Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors met for the 123rd annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.

Founded in 1890, the Connecticut Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors is the not-for-profit trade association that represents union and non-union plumbing, heating and cooling contractors throughout the state. PHCC has almost 4,000 open and union shop contractor members who manage businesses in residential service and new construction, commercial and industrial markets.

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34) was invited to give the keynote speech to the organization. Ziobron provided the audience with some of her first impressions of the job as a legislator, such as her first interactions with lobbyists, as well as her thoughts on the architecture of the Legislative Office Building.

Ziobron has, along with her husband Scott, served as the general contractor building two houses - including the one she currently lives in with her family in East Haddam. She said she understands the challenges facing not only contractors, but business people in general in Connecticut.

“As a former business advocate, I know, when one business does well, it has a ripple effect and benefits other businesses,” said Ziobron. “Unfortunately, that basic economic principal is lost on most in Hartford.”

As the former Economic Development Coordinator for the town of East Haddam, Ziobron has paid particular attention to the obstacles businesses faced during her first 50 days in office. Ziobron gave a light-hearted Letterman-esque “Top Ten” countdown of the worst proposals affecting businesses from the current session. Ziobron spoke of a proposal that would allow a person denied employment due to a past criminal charge the opportunity to seek a civil suit against the offending employer. She also brought up a bill proposal that would subject the liquid assets of a business to a “hoarder’s tax.”

“What we need, more than anything, is an environment where businesses can thrive, where they can anticipate costs and plan, and where citizens have confidence that their jobs and financial futures are secure – so both have confidence that the decisions and investments they make will be smart ones, and not undercut by elected officials in Hartford who have no clue how to run a business, or God forbid, make a profit,” said Ziobron after recounting her list.

Ziobron represents the 34th district communities of Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.

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