State Rep. Paul Davis (D-Milford\/Orange\/West Haven) is endorsing the jobs and business agenda that Democratic leaders from the House and Senate announced recently for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session that convened on Feb. 5. \u201cThere is no question that creating jobs must continue to be a legislative priority,\u201d Davis said. \u201cI have worked hard on addressing employment concerns and am pleased that our agenda includes proposals to help put people back to work and reaches out to small businesses and manufacturers who continue to struggle.\u201d The Democrat agenda includes the following proposals: Re-capitalizing Connecticut\u2019s STEP-Up program, which offers employers who hire an unemployed worker either a wage subsidy to help pay a new employee\u2019s salary for the first six months, or provides a six-month training grant. Since its creation in October 2011, more than 2,000 unemployed people have been hired under STEP-Up. Implementing new school-to-job programs such as an accelerated certificate program (12 months) combining basic education and technical and career training; an I-Best program for adult students lacking a GED which combines GED preparation with real-world skills training; and an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, where students combine paid work and college level study towards the attainment of an associate\u2019s degree. Cutting red tape by pre-permitting business development, renovation or new construction by pre-approving zoning and environmental reviews in order to save businesses time and money.