117th District: Fighting for state residents
By Charles Ferraro
Representing the communities of West Haven, Milford, and Orange in the state legislature is something that I look forward to every day. For the past four years, I have been your voice and I have fought for the hard-working families of the 117th district.
Four years ago, I was a political outsider, a small business owner, a husband, a father, and a grandfather, who became frustrated with the direction of the state of Connecticut.
I couldn't watch the mess continue to get worse in Hartford, and decided to do something about it. I knocked on every single door in the district in 2014 and shocked many political people when I won my election against a longtime incumbent.
I believe the reason I won in 2014 and again in 2016 was because I shared my common-sense vision for Connecticut and my fiscally-responsible track record with local residents. If you know me, you know I don't hide from telling the truth or from having an honest and open conversation with anyone about any topic.
Now, for the third straight election, I have knocked on every door in the district. If you found one of my palm cards, it was me knocking to tell you about my second term in office and to hear your opinions about the state of Connecticut.
If you didn't get a chance to talk to me at your door, here is what I would tell you.
For the past two years, I have worked across the aisle to pass three bipartisan budgets. Our bipartisan budgets stopped Governor Dan Malloy's reckless cuts to education and municipal aid. The bipartisan budgets funded critical services for our most vulnerable.
In addition, we made sure to put taxpayers first, and started to cap state spending and borrowing. Importantly for you, we stopped 17 tax increase proposals that included a rise in the sales tax, the income tax, and new taxes on restaurants and cell phones.
I would also add that I championed legislation to assist veterans suffering from PTSD, and led the passage of a landmark opioid restrictions bills to combat the opioid crisis.
Furthermore, I would discuss my plans to fix Connecticut, which include prioritizing state spending, eliminating unnecessary taxes placed on businesses, privatizing government services like the DMV, and cutting taxes to attract individuals and businesses back to Connecticut.
As you can see, I am always open to a good conversation. If you didn't get to see me at your door and want to discuss any issue impacting Connecticut, then please feel free to call me on my personal number any time at 203-410-3207. My door is always open.
I am asking for your support on November 6th because I want to continue to be your voice in Hartford and tackle the issues impacting our communities and state.