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Rep. David Baram honored by state’s building trades

HARTFORD – Representative David Baram (D-Bloomfield, Windsor) has named Co-Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Baram, who shares the honor with Senator Kevin Witkos, was presented with his award at the organization’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

“Our members are thankful for the leadership Rep. Baram showed this year in helping to address some of the obstacles that stand in the way of workforce development and job growth in the construction industry,” said Chris Fryxell, president of Connecticut ABC. “We are pleased to recognize him with this well-deserved award.”

As House chair of the Legislature’s General Law Committee, Baram led the passage of legislation that makes it easier for contractors to train the next generation of tradespeople and legislation that financially protects contractors. Public Act 17-182 modifies the way in which contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers receive payment for work done under private construction contracts providing more options when clients fail to pay. Public Act 17-76 reduces the number of licensed journeypersons or contractors required to supervise three or more apprentices in several of the trades, thus allowing contractors to train additional apprentices.

“I am honored to be recognized by builders and contractors in the state,” Rep. Baram said. “The building trades are an important driver of Connecticut’s economy and we must ensure they have the tools they need to succeed.”

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