DeLauro Tours Five of Middletown's Small Businesses

The owners of Javapalooza!, New England Emporium, Mallove’s Jewelers, NoRA Cupcake Company and the Buttonwood Tree spoke to the state rep on what Congress can do to shore up the economy and support their businesses.


Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-3rd) toured several of Main Street Middletown's small businesses today, celebrating their contributions to the economy and hearing their concerns about the nation’s economy. 

She also discussed federal initiatives to help small business owners, including the principles laid out in her own jobs plan. Joining the tour were Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew and Quentin Phipps, newly named executive director of the .

“We need to do everything possible to support small businesses, entrepreneurs and the middle-class,” DeLauro said. “Right now Congress is not doing enough to create jobs and we have a lot of work to do.

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“Putting our economy on the right track and helping foster job creation is crucial to ensuring the American Dream continues for future generations in Middletown and throughout Connecticut.”

The jobs tour was an opportunity for the Congresswoman to hear from Middletown business owners on what more Congress can do to shore up the economy and support their businesses. Over the last decade, Middletown made revitalizing their downtown a priority. 

Economic development and establishment of the Downtown Business District has brought innovative new businesses to the area. 

DeLauro’s jobs plan focuses on: creating middle class jobs, supporting America’s workforce, rebuilding our economy’s foundations and creating a 21st century workplace. The Congresswoman believes we need to rebuild our infrastructure to create jobs and economic growth both today and over the long-term. 

That is why she is a sponsor of the Fix America’s Schools Today Act, which would create jobs across Connecticut by helping clear out the backlog of maintenance and needed repairs in our schools.  DeLauro has long sponsored legislation to establish a national infrastructure bank, which would leverage private dollars to build 21st century transportation, water, energy and telecommunications systems.

The Congresswoman believes strengthening our manufacturing base is critical to rebuilding Connecticut’s middle class. That is why she worked with local manufacturers to introduce the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act, which would provide small manufacturers a tax incentive to reinvest in their equipment, facilities and job training.

DeLauro is a longtime advocate for creating a 21st-century workplace by addressing the needs of today’s working families.  She is also the author of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and stiffen penalties for employers who discriminate based on gender. DeLauro is also the lead champion of the Healthy Families Act, which would allow American workers to earn paid sick leave.

MaleMatters May 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
"Delauro is the author of the Paycheck Fairness Act" Have you noticed that one more law is always needed? Actually, no law is needed to close the gender wage gap. Women's “77 cents to men's dollar” doesn't mean, as pay-equity advocates want us to believe, women are paid less than men in the same jobs everywhere in the country. Nor does it mean that, even more incredibly in the vein of the stereotype “men are stronger than women,” every woman earns 23% less than every man, perhaps leading some of the more benighted to think Diane Sawyer of ABC News earns less than the young man walking back and forth on the street wearing a “Pizzas $5” sign. The figures are arrived at by comparing the sexes' median incomes. They refer to the point at which 50% of workers earn above the figures and 50% below (which means, among other things, that a lot of women outearn a lot of men). They don't account for the number of hours worked each week, experience, seniority, training, education or even the job description itself. They compare all women to all men, not people in the same job with the same experience. So a veteran male software designer's salary is weighed against a first-year female teacher's income. For much more, see "Will the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Help Women?" at http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/will-the-ledbetter-fair-pay-act-help-women/


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