Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour Announced

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) along with the entire House Republican Caucus today announced the launch of the 2011 GOP Jobs Tour.

Announced today during a press conference at the State House, the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus will embark on a six-week Jobs Tour. The Tour will make initial stops in 7 communities across the Commonwealth, with additional dates and stops forthcoming.

“The 2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour will give residents across the Commonwealth a chance to share their expectations and concerns with elected officials relative to the job climate in Massachusetts,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “I encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity to have a candid discussion with Republican lawmakers about how we can improve the large and small business climate here in the Bay State.”

With the state’s unemployment rate hovering around 7.6% and the national unemployment rate holding steady at 9.1%, the Republican Caucus will provide businesses and constituents with a platform to propose ideas for improving the job climate in the Bay State.

“Job growth primarily comes from small businesses, and it is very important for public policy leaders to go out and hear from Main Street employers and from local Chambers of Commerce about the impediments to growing new jobs,” said Jon B. Hurst, President of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

“We will certainly be promoting these important forums to our members and asking them to be ready to discuss their needs in order to survive, thrive and grow in the future.”

Joining Republican legislators at the Tour stops will be invited members from the business community, and local and regional Chambers of Commerce.

“The creation and sustaining of jobs is a critical issue for every citizen in our state, and we need to explore every avenue for economic growth,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “No effort to do so would be complete or effective without listening to the wisdom that comes from the front lines of our economy, on the main streets and downtown centers of our cities and towns and employers across the state.”

Details for the 2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour stops are as follows:

September 20, 2011
Mount Wachusett Community College
Commons Area
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440

September 26, 2011
Agawam Senior Center
954 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

September 27, 2011
Memorial Building
25 South Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

October 3, 2011
Attleboro High School
Mini Auditorium
100 Rathbun Willard Drive
Attleboro, MA 02703

October 3, 2011
Andover Public Library – Memorial Hall
2 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810

October 3, 2011
Sutton Senior Center
19 Hough Road
Sutton, MA 01590

October 4, 2011
Sandwich Town Hall – 2nd Floor
130 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Residents who are unable to attend the forum are still encouraged to email with ideas and insight. For more information on the 2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour, please contact your local Republican lawmaker or follow us on twitter: @GOPJobsTour.