\u201cConnecticut is not going back to that pre-recession reality. It just does not exist anymore.\u201d \u2013 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wanted to highlight those recent comments from the governor for you, because I strongly disagree with them. As your state senator, I am not\u00a0satisfied with people losing their jobs or earning less money. As your voice in Hartford, I am not\u00a0willing to surrender our future. Here\u2019s why: I remember a time when people were not worried about their jobs. They weren\u2019t worried because they knew that if they weren\u2019t satisfied with their current job, they would be able to find a different job relatively easily. Today, I am hearing a different message from many of you. Rather than being hopeful of getting a raise this year, you are fearful of getting laid off. As your state senator, I will continue to do all I can at the State Capitol to restore certainty to our state\u2019s economy and put Connecticut back on the road to prosperity. To achieve that goal, we must create a climate which supports good paying middle-class jobs. Tax hikes and job killing laws continue to be passed by Gov. Malloy and his majority Democrats in Hartford. \u00a0Those short-sighted policies have our state on the wrong path and have created hardships for working families across Connecticut. These policies drove General Electric out of Connecticut, along with hundreds of jobs. \u00a0Area families, charities, and local jobs which benefited from GE\u2019s presence are now being negatively impacted. And what about Sikorsky? \u00a0During the last four years there have been several rounds of layoffs at Sikorsky. We need to make sure that we can grow more Sikorsky jobs here, rather than simply retaining them or worse, losing them. When GE announced its departure, the Governor\u2019s disappointing reaction was, \u201cyou win some, you lose some.\u201d We cannot lose Sikorsky. State lawmakers have an opportunity in 2016. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0By reducing the cost of government, we can get off this treadmill of middle class tax hikes; \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0By making structural changes to force government to live within its\u2019 means, we can grow good jobs here; \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0By eliminating policies that kill jobs, we can return to the prosperous Connecticut we remember. Reducing the size and scope of state government will ease the constant pressure on our pocketbooks. \u00a0The record tax hikes we endured in the past five years have brought about the uncertainty that our families feel today. Last year, Republicans offered a detailed budget plan called the \u201cBlueprint for Prosperity\u201d which puts Connecticut on a long-term path to stability without cutting crucial services for hospitals, the disabled, and seniors. \u00a0Our plan provides tax relief to help people keep more of their hard earned money and phases out taxes on pensions under $100,000. We all can play a role in this effort by staying active and involved. \u00a0We all want to see our state thrive, and we all want Connecticut to remain a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. And we don\u2019t want to worry about our jobs and our futures. \u00a0The legislative session started Feb. 3 and ends May 4. \u00a0Let\u2019s get to work.