State Reps Richard Bastien (R-Gardner) and George N. Peterson, Jr. (R-Grafton) in conjunction with Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) and Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) will be among members of the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus who will be stopping in Gardner during the 2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour.
Announced 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.
“I am very pleased to be part of this jobs tour," said Rep. Ferguson. "We are always seeking additional input from our constituencies, and obviously jobs and issues surrounding the economy are a top priority. What better way to address this than to reach out to our citizens and businesses who are on the front lines every day.”
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.
“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.”
Joining Republican legislators at the Tour stops will be invited members from the business community, and local and regional Chambers of Commerce.
“Good ideas can come from anywhere. We are looking for people with knowledge of many different aspects of business to tell us things that have been successes and hindrances in the creation of jobs in the Commonwealth” said Rep. Bastien of the tour. “The unemployment rate in this area is close to 11%. I am willing to work with anybody and turn over any stone to implement any proven ideas that will get people back to work.”
Details for the 2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour stop in Gardner is as follows:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Residents who are unable to attend the forum are still encouraged to email email@example.com 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.