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Rep. Ferguson Votes to Support Education Funding

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jdooley


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


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


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.”