Biennial Budget and Special Session Update as of July 12, 2017

Budget and Special Session Update as of July 12, 2017

And yet another update ... July 16, 2017 ... highlighted below

House Dems and Republicans release proposed budgets.

Your Continued Action is Needed!

The State’s fiscal year ended June 30 without passage of a biennial budget.  Starting July 1, the beginning of the 2018 Fiscal Year, the Governor established a budget through an executive order. Various budget proposals have been presented with, among other items of interest, funding for CEQ (restoration included in the House Dems budget but no funding proposed in House Republican budget), the Community Investment Act (CIA) (cuts proposed for FY18 in the House Dems budget; no cuts proposed in the House Republican's budget; more detail is below), and a Passport for Parks program to fund State Parks (included in House Dems budget); but details are scarce and nothing is obviously solidified.  

The House may hold a session on July 18th but there is still no agreement yet on any budget proposal. Update as of 07/16/17:  We've heard that the vote will be postponed, perhaps until the end of the month.

Stay tuned!  We will continue to keep you posted.

Meanwhile, thank you for your advocacy throughout the session.  Your outreach to your legislators has truly made the difference in keeping funding for CEQ, CIA and other land conservation priorities in the mix and trending in the right direction.  Please continue to contact your legislators urging them to protect land conservation priorities including:

CIA funding is now back in full force since the 50% cut instituted through the last biennial budget ended on June 30 2017.  However, the next quarterly distribution from the CIA will not hit the agency's account until October 1.  Until then the agency will rely upon the reserves it has in its open space account, most of which is committed for projects approved in previous grant rounds.
 
For the grants submitted Feb. 2, the agency will likely be making decisions on funding after the summer.  Any sweeps or cuts of CIA funds approved as part of the next biennial budget may impact the number and amount of the grant awards.  Things are very uncertain right now.  

 

It is important to continue to share your project stories with your legislators.  Our voices are being heard by the House Republican caucus that made a point of not sweeping conservation dollars.  We will continue to work with the other three caucuses and the Governor’s office to support CIA funding.
 

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.

With best regards,

Amy

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
abpaterson@ctconservation.org
860-614-8537

P.S. View our regular legislative session Re-Cap.