Massachusetts is pro-business and has a more favorable tax structure (especially for property taxes). The Massachusetts Republican governor effectively collaborates with Democrats (including the Boston mayor).

For GE, Connecticut had home field advantage. The Connecticut governor, his staff, the Democratic leaders and the Democratic legislators who voted for last year’s unconscionable tax increases — all by themselves — gave the ball to an out of state team. Boston is ecstatic with having such a magnet for jobs and growth. Connecticut loses.

2016 presents a chance to “right the ship”.

Imagine living in a state where:

The governor leads by reaching across the aisle and being inclusive.

Businesses are pushing to get into Connecticut. The newspapers regularly name those relocating to Connecticut and net increases in good paying jobs.

Resident companies are regularly asked for feedback, ensuring Connecticut is competitive, pro-business and pro-jobs. A capable economic development department could help.

The governor and legislative leaders genuinely ensure Connecticut has many good jobs, with good companies, so that residents can support their families. State government should be an enabling force, freeing residents to thrive and prosper.

State spending is addressed by making cuts and structural changes, rather than draining residential household incomes with more taxes. No more catering to state union employees at the expense of the vast majority of Connecticut residents.

The state is ranked by objective third-party surveys in the top 10 for business friendliness, quality of life and state finances.

Imagine for 2016, the following commitment being made: “I, the governor of this great state, agree to no longer give businesses to other states. Whether they have Republican or Democratic governors, I no longer will do that or let that happen on my watch, since I believe in helping all residents of our fine state.”

While we are at it, get the Democratic legislative leaders to commit to the same.

Pat MacMonagle

Fairfield