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Rep. Michael Ferguson: Nighttime Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 37 in Danbury and New Fairfield

Posted on August 16, 2018 by jdooley


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 37, in Danbury and New Fairfield, beginning Sunday, August 19, 2018. 

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 2.49 mile segment of Route 37, in Danbury and New Fairfield. This project is scheduled to occur from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19, 2018 to the morning of Thursday, August 30, 2018.

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program. 


Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 37 between Barnum Road and Route 39 (Brush Hill Road).  Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday)

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

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

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jdooley


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


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.