HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Much of the talk about the fiscal cliff has been about the tax hikes that would affect nearly everyone, but the cuts in the "Budget Control Act" set to begin on January 1 could cut deep into the fabric of Connecticut.
Everyone knows that jet engines for the military is a big part of the Connecticut economy.
Thousands of good paying jobs are supported by jet engine orders and repairs for several sophisticated military aircraft at the Pratt and Whitney plants in East Hartford and Middletown.
And the other major 'United Technologies' defense contractor Sikorsky aircraft in Stratford.
Thousands more Connecticut jobs are connected to the production of nuclear powered submarines at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton.
But the jobs picture is much bigger than just those three companies. There are over 1,000 smaller subcontractors supporting them for a total of over 101 thousand Connecticut jobs.
According to an analysis by the
'Defense Technology Initiative', the nearly 13 billion federal dollars on all these programs generated over 24 billion dollars to support all those jobs last year.
If the defense department budget cuts go into effect in January, it is estimated the jobs losses in Connecticut would exceed 36,000, income loss over a billion and a half dollars.
Pete Gioia is the top economist with the state's largest business organization.
"Even if it's half as bad as the report suggests, basically we've lost all the jobs that we've created in the last couple of years, so this is a real threat. It could very well de-rail recovery," Gioia of the CT Business & Industry Association said.
The uncertainty about what is going to be decided between the President and Congress about this over the next six weeks is causing Connecticut companies to postpone all decisions.
"They're all on hold because, frankly, everybody's indicated that no one knows whether those production lines are going to be increased or they're going to slow down," Elliot Ginsberg of the CT Center for Advanced Technology said.
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OverTaxed | November 15 2012 8:46am
Of course, none of this was discussed before the election. It's been awhile since I heard about CT's budget problems. It probably wouldn't have made a difference, the sheeple in this state keep voting Democrat, no matter what.
northlander41 | November 14 2012 10:36am
The takers and the unions decided the election. Those of us who are not Govt takers will be taxed more to pay for our corrupt Democrat controlled goverment giving away our tax money for votes from the takers - mostly non-productive takers. Let the budget cuts happen as its the only way to stop the Democrat agenda to enslave our children with their transformation of the U.S. to a Venezuala type dictatorship. There are way too many takers and not enough of us taxpayers thanks to the Democrats and their uncaring voter block of takers.
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