Please read my letter to the Danbury News-Times.

September 8, 2015

In a recent small business “friendliness” poll, Connecticut received an “F” grade from 225 participating companies. (“Small businesses flunk Connecticut” Sep. 1, )

Small businesses are our state’s economic engine. This survey plainly shows that they are not pleased with the policies that are getting passed into law in Hartford.

I hope the failing grades are viewed by the Democratic majorities in the state legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a good reason to reverse the tax-hiking course our state is currently on.

To improve our business climate, legislators of both parties must work closely with job creators across the state to help lighten their burdens.

I’ll continue to do my very best to make certain that the voices of small businesses in greater Danbury are heard at the State Capitol. I urge News-Times readers to contact me with thoughts and ideas at [email protected] or 860-240-0068.

Michael McLachlan

The writer, a Republican, represents the 24th Senatorial District, which includes Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman and a portion of Bethel.