Letter to the Editor: Murphy deserves credit for efforts

Waterbury Republican American

Growing and keeping manufacturing jobs is a top priority in Connecticut. As part of his strong support of Connecticut’s workers, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., has a weekly series called “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer,” in which one of Connecticut’s manufacturers is recognized for its outstanding contributions to the state.

Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10 percent of the state’s jobs and 87 percent of its total exports, according to data on Murphy’s website. Last month, Murphy pressed Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Labor, about job training, which Trump’s budget would slash, and urged Acosta to commit to funding critical workforce training and education programs, such as the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative. For-profit job-training programs leave students with worthless degrees and mountains of debt, and nearly a third of their graduates earn less than minimum wage. Murphy urged Acosta to commit to protect Connecticut workers from such deceptive programs.

If you want to know more about what Murphy is doing about jobs, visit his website – www.murphy.senate.gov. Connecticut is lucky to have such an energetic, active senator looking out for our interests.

Phyllis Nauts

Cornwall