House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


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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.

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Bill to Increase Penalties For Dealing And Manufacturing Fentanyl Passes In The House

Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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Rep. Ferraro Leads Bipartisan Agreement on Off-Shore Wind Energy Plan: Renewable Resources, Jobs

Posted on May 14, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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Reps. Ferraro Opposes Wage Hike to $15

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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Letter to the Editor – Anti-Business Bills Will Impact Economy

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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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

 

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Milford Informational Tolls Forum

Posted on April 1, 2019 by admin


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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.
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Reps. Ferraro Votes  Against Steep Pay Increases for Attorneys in AG’s Office

Posted on March 28, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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Rep. Ferraro Joins Bipartisan Milford Delegation to Give Testimony in Favor of Yale New Haven Health Systems Purchase of Milford Hospital

Posted on March 27, 2019 by admin


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ORANGE, CT — Today, State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) joined State Representatives Kim Rose (D-Milford), Charles Ferraro (R-Orange, Milford, West Haven), and Kathy Kennedy (R-Milford and Orange) to give public testimony to the Office of Health Strategy in favor of allowing the asset purchase agreement of Milford Hospital by Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health Systems.

“Milford Hospital is an important asset for area residents,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Losing Milford Hospital would have a significant impact on our communities. The transfer of ownership will save hundreds of jobs, protect the retirements of former employees, and means area residents can get quality healthcare right in our backyards. I hope this transfer is approved.”

Without this purchase agreement, it is likely the Milford Hospital, which is one of the largest employers in Milford, would be forced to close. The purchase agreement would establish a partnership with Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health Systems which will equal more job opportunities, expansion of clinical services and streamlined care throughout the region, thanks to a single integrated electronic medical record system.

Under this partnership, Milford Hospital staff will become part of the new, integrated hospital with Bridgeport Hospital. Inpatient/outpatient care will continue from the Milford Campus. The partnership will establish financial stability and job security for employees. It will enable Milford Hospital to chart a course for growth, strengthening its’ ability to serve members of the community. Lawmakers said this is a win-win for patients, the hospital, region and Milford community.

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Energy & Technology Committee Wrap-up

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – The legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee held it’s the final regular meeting on Tuesday, sending dozens of bills to the House and Senate for potential votes.

Rep. Ferraro, the Republican lead on the committee, said, “My goal is to fight for consumers and help reduce the cost of energy in Connecticut. The bills that I supported out of committee this session will help us move in a direction that will help make Connecticut consumer friendly.”

Rep. Ferraro highlighted the following bills that he supported out of committee:

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Lawmakers, Residents Want to Pump the Brakes on Tolls

Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House and Senate Republican ranking members of the Transportation Committee, State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Henri Martin, were invited to Derby on Wednesday night by their colleagues to present a transportation funding plan that doesn’t rely on tolls or tax increases.

Rep. Devlin and Martin explained that the Republican Prioritize Progress Plan works within current state resources and will provide $65 billion for transportation infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

In addition,

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