FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — While Fairfield-based General Electric has been scouting new bases outside Connecticut, state Sen. Tony Hwang says conversations are ongoing between Gov. Dannel Malloy and GE to keep the corporate giant in state.

GE’s main complaint is a state budget that executives say is far from business friendly, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

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But Hwang, R-Fairfield, said he’s encouraged that, heading into a special legislative session, lawmakers may have admitted the new budget was a mistake.

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“What we need as legislative leaders is to understand that government do not create jobs, businesses do,” he said. “And we need to power our entrepreneurs and our businesses to succeed and partner with them.”

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Hwang said he’s optimistic Connecticut is now heading in the right direction, although in small steps.