Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin
The 2019 legislative session ended on Wednesday, June 5th. A number of new laws were passed and went into effect on July 1st. New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year.
I wanted to highlight some of the bills that I believe are noteworthy. You can find the full list by clicking here.
Public Act 19-117 – An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021. The legislature approved a two-year budget this session, a budget that I didn’t support. The state budget includes nearly $2 billion in new taxes and $1 billion new spending.
Posted on June 20, 2019 by admin
ORANGE – State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, and Kathy Kennedy met with constituents over coffee on Friday, June 14th and at the Orange Senior Center on Monday, June 17th to provide a 2019 legislative update and to answer questions.
The 2019 Legislative Session ended on Wednesday, June 5th at midnight. A two-year state budget, crafted by the majority party Democrats was adopted and contains almost $2 billion in new taxes and increases spending by $1 billion.
“I am deeply concerned with the increase in spending and asking taxpayers to pay more,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We should be holding the line on spending and finding ways to save money. This budget will not move Connecticut in a better direction.”
Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Reps. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) along with their House Republican colleagues Monday after hours of debate unanimously rejected the budget plan that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.
Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.
Overall, taxes were raised by $752 million over two years, not including the tax on hospitals.
Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending, shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.
“A budget the spends more and taxes more will not solve any of Connecticut’s financial problems,” said Rep. Ferraro. “This budget grows state government, gives lawmakers gifts for certain projects in their districts, and raids the special transportation fund. The new governor is operating the same way as our previous governor and not making the bold changes that he promised us when he took the job, in my opinion this is another failed promise by the governor.”
Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.
The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.
In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.
Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, Kathy Kennedy praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday, May 14th to increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, submitted this bill in an effort to legislatively address the opioid crisis and curtail the growing use and distribution of fentanyl and fentanyl laced drugs throughout Connecticut.
“We need to protect our communities, opioids are destroying the lives of our state and fentanyl has taken this to a new level. When our own police officers and forensic teams have to take extra safety measures when handling fentanyl at a crime scene and have medical responders nearby in case they themselves come in contact with the lethal substance, how can Senate and House leadership not call this bill for a vote? Not that long ago, that truck carrying enough fentanyl to kill everyone in this state rolled right through our backyard. I implore our State Senators to call this bill to the floor and vote in favor of protecting all of our citizens from fentanyl,” said Rep. Klarides
“The opioid crisis has hit Connecticut hard and fentanyl is drastically making the crisis worse by the day,” said Rep. Ferraro. “It’s critical that we continue to pass laws that will help end this crisis.”
Posted on May 14, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Charles Ferraro, the House Republican Leader on the Energy and Technology Committee, helped negotiate bipartisan legislation that supports an offshore wind energy hub in New London in an effort to generate much needed renewable resources and create jobs through a public-private partnership that will revitalize the city’s vital port and state pier.
The legislation, HB 7156 AAC The Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind, was passed in the House and sent to the Senate. House Republicans said this is the right approach to creating clean, renewable resources that will eventually replace current forms of energy such as nuclear.
“My goal on the Energy and Technology Committee was to help reduce the cost of electricity for Connecticut residents and businesses and this legislation will get us going in that direction,” said Rep. Ferraro. “I proud of the bipartisan work we have accomplished with this legislation and the new industry and jobs it will create. I look forward to seeing off-shore wind expand to New Haven and Bridgeport, which will be great for the communities of West Haven, Milford, and Orange.”
Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Charles Ferraro joined his colleagues in a nearly a fifteen-hour debate, from Wednesday to the early afternoon on Thursday, regarding the increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The House Republican caucus offered eight amendments to help rework the legislation so that it didn’t punish businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities. For example, House Amendment Schedule G was offered to exempt municipalities from having to pay employees $15 an hour.
“Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and taking away the control from the legislature on future minimum wage increase is reckless fiscal policy,” said Rep. Ferraro. “As a small business owner, I can tell you first hand this will have a negative impact on businesses large and small. Municipal leaders will also have to increase the minimum wage for city and town employees, which will be difficult for any size municipality and could result in higher local taxes. This will no doubt cost every taxpayer in Connecticut more money.”
Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin
To the Editor
Earlier this week, we attended “Morning Jolt”, an event hosted by the Milford and Orange Chambers of Commerce to talk about the 2019 legislative session and to answer questions about bills that could and probably will have an impact on local businesses and nonprofits.
With a little more than a month to go to the end of the legislative session, Chamber members expressed their concerns with the anti-business concepts being proposed by the governor and legislative Democrats.
The four legislative proposals drawing the most kickback were:
– Raising the minimum wage to $15
– Implementing a forced Paid Family Leave Program. The state-run program would deduct 0.5 percent of pay from employees’ paychecks and give them up to 12 weeks off per year.
– Placing over fifty tolls throughout the state
– Shift Change Scheduling
Posted on April 1, 2019 by admin
MILFORD–State Representatives Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) in conjunction with State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134), House and Senate Ranking Members of the legislative Transportation Committee, are inviting the public to attend an informational forum on tolls.
WHERE: Platt Technical High School
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Posted on March 28, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representatives Charles Ferraro voted no on Wednesday on a union deal to increase the pay and to give out bonuses to unionized lawyers who work for the state Attorney General.
The two-year pay deal for lawyers working for Attorney General’s Office will cost taxpayers $5 million. This includes stipends for department heads in the amount of $6,000 in the first year, $12,000 in the second year and $2000 bonuses for all lawyers.
“This major pay increase is sending the wrong message to Connecticut taxpayers,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We are still seeing job loss in the state and residents leaving, but the majority party thinks we should be handing out pay increases. I was hopeful Governor Ned Lamont would do things differently but this is more of the same from the majority.”