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Poll: Manufacturers Worried About Economy, Healthcare Costs

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Chris Murphy have released a survey of Connecticut manufacturers that shows optimism about the companies’ futures but concerns about health care costs and the slow economy.

The lawmakers said Wednesday that 191 of the state’s approximate 5,000 manufacturers responded to their second annual survey.

About half the companies said they plan to expand in the coming year and 52 percent said they expect to see an increase in gross revenues. But 78 percent ranked the cost of providing health care coverage to employees as their top concern.

An email from Murphy’s Republican Senate opponent, Linda McMahon, called the survey a stunt and criticized Murphy for not passing his “Buy American” legislation.

Murphy said he questions whether McMahon supports encouraging federal purchases from U.S. companies.

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