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Statement from State Rep. Michael Ferguson on Gov. Malloy’s Announcement of a Study on Tolls

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jdooley


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Statement from State Rep. Michael Ferguson on Gov. Malloy’s Announcement of a Study on Tolls

“Unfortunately, Governor Malloy plans to ignore the ‘will of the people’ and push for a way to bring tolls to Connecticut highways. Spending $10 million on a toll study when the people of our state voiced loud opposition to tolling in wasting value tax dollars that could and should be spent on helping our most vulnerable residents.

During the 2018 regular session, the General Assembly decided against moving forward with a toll study due to a lack of votes. The bill never received a debate or vote in the House of Representatives.

In recent years, the issue of tolls has been studied many times. The governor seems to be looking for a study with a pre-determined outcome. Ultimately, I have opposed bringing back tolls because families and taxpayers can’t afford another tax. Living in Connecticut is already more expensive than other states.

My colleagues and I have proposed a plan to fix our state roads and bridges, without taxes or tolls—by prioritizing existing dollars. The governor should read our fiscally sound  transportation plan and abandon this ill-conceived $10 million waste of a study.”

State Rep. Michael Ferguson Op-ed: Making CT More Business Friendly

Posted on July 2, 2018 by jdooley


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We hear every day that Connecticut’s economy and business community needs a jumpstart and revitalization. That is why I was disappointed after the State Senate voted to sustain Governor Malloy’s veto of an important piece of bipartisan legislation designed to help small businesses and manufacturers across Connecticut, failing to even allow the House of Representatives to take up the bill.

As someone that is a strong supporter of education and skilled labor jobs, I supported a bill, S.B. 261 – An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities – would allow pass-through companies – those set up as S corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs) that pass business profits to the owner and are taxed at his or her individual rate – to utilize the apprenticeship tax credit when filing personal income taxes. The manufacturing apprenticeship credit is equivalent to the lesser of $6 per hour, $7,500, or 50% of the actual apprenticeship wages for each apprentice employed by a given company, and expires on a schedule determined by the length of the apprenticeship. The tax credit is currently available to C Corporations.

This legislation received unanimous approval during the regular session and would have provided access to good-paying jobs and training for hundreds of Connecticut residents.

Unfortunately, the Senate Democrats’ voted in lockstep against this job-creating measure. Their lack of will to oppose their own governor is a failure; for our business community, and the workers and students looking for entry into in-demand, quality careers.

A recent survey of 48 local businesses on behalf of the Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers (CASM) showed that 85% of Connecticut’s small manufacturing businesses are organized as S-corporations or LLCs. Further, 65% of respondents said the tax credit would allow them to hire between 1-3 new employees, and 15% said they could hire more than 4 new employees. This failure to override means approximately 121 new jobs will not be created.

This bill would have encouraged businesses to hire more workers, especially workers coming from vocational training or switching careers. Connecticut needs to stop putting roadblocks up for businesses and prospective employees.

Last week, an opportunity was missed to make Connecticut more business friendly.  Let’s try to not miss any more.

Rep. Ferguson Votes to Support Education Funding

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representative Michael Ferguson (R-138) applauded the House of Representative’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto. 

“I am extremely disappointed the General Assembly did not fully support a vote to override the governor. New Fairfield and surrounding communities need predictably and reliability when they write their town budgets. Proposing mid-year cuts to education after local budgets are set and voted on by the town are unfair to the taxpayers of that community,” said Rep. Ferguson.   

Following its initial passage in the House and Senate, the governor vetoed the bill earlier this month. While Republicans in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority in favor of an override, even though the bill was passed 36-0 in May. 

In December of 2017, Governor Malloy proposed using his executive authority to make additional, unanticipated, and devastating ECS cuts to our towns that would have had negative consequences on student learning and possible staff layoffs, increases in class size, or cuts to programs.

Rep. Ferguson Named to “40 Under Forty” List

Posted on June 20, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD—State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) has been recognized for his “uncommon commitment” to give back to the residents of this state.

The Fairfield County Business Journal has named Ferguson to its annual 40-Under-Forty list, which honors people under 40 years old for their leadership, service and passion for what they do.

The 40 Under Forty 2018 winners were celebrated on June 19 at the Italian Center at 1620 Newfield Ave. in Stamford.

Rep. Ferguson currently teaches history and political science at Post University in Waterbury. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in History at Western Connecticut State University.  He currently works at the Danbury Hospital Information Desk.

“It was humbling to learn that I was among the nominees,” said Ferguson, who represents Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield in the state legislature.

Ferguson enjoyed a very productive first term as a freshman legislator. He successfully fought attempts to punish Danbury Hospital with additional tax increases and helped stop the implementation of tolls on our state highways which would have both severely hurt the greater Danbury region. He has also worked to promote better recruitment of minority educators in Connecticut.

Rep. Ferguson Talks State Government with Danbury High Students

Posted on June 12, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD —  State Representative Michael Ferguson (R-138) went back to school recently, but instead of studying for exams he spent some time explaining the role of local representatives in state government.

Rep. Ferguson spoke to students in Ms. Boucher’s civics class at Danbury High School and answered numerous questions on topics including current and proposed state law, the passing of a bi-partisan compromise state budget, education policies, and tolls.

“It’s great to be able to talk with students and answer their questions directly,” Rep. Ferguson said.  “Kids don’t always feel they’re taken seriously and judging by the questions they asked they’re very concerned with the laws we pass in Hartford, laws that directly affect them.”

 

 

 

Danbury State Officials Hold Ceremony Paying Tribute to Our Veterans

Posted on May 29, 2018 by jdooley


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DANBURY- State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) along with Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) introduced legislation last year to rename Main Street (Route 53) as the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway.

This Memorial Day, in front of the Danbury War Memorial Building, the lawmakers unveiled and dedicated that portion of Main Street as the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway.  

Rep. Ferguson said, “This continues Danbury’s rich history with our veterans. Danbury is home to the most active veterans’ communities in Connecticut and the city has a long legacy of honoring veterans who dedicate themselves to defending the lives and freedoms of American citizens.”