Which Capitol? Both of them!
In Hartford: With a budget deficit larger than anticipated, tough decisions have become even tougher, impacting every facet of government; and all of us. The Governor's deficit mitigation plan (to close the budget deficit for FY17) proposes sweeps of the Community Investment Act, including $4.5 million from DEEP's open space account and further cuts impacting our State Parks. The Governor's revised biennial budget was released yesterday -- with details regarding the same under evaluation. Please stay tuned.
In D.C.: Joined by Tim Abbott (HVA/Litchfield Hills Greenprint) and Bolton resident Allysa McDonnell (Intern, Land Trust Alliance), I traveled to DC for Land Trust Advocacy Days to thank members of our Congressional Delegation for their consistent leadership in support of land conservation programs, including those funded by the Farm Bill, LWCF, the Forest Legacy Program, and Highlands, among others, and to share stories of YOUR amazing work! We also asked that they watch tax reform carefully, as it could have a serious impact on fundraising for land trusts and other charities. And our final message: please save public lands, national monuments and the EPA! #land4all
Times are indeed tough. Whether in Hartford or in Washington, there is a sense of urgency to speak up, share your land conservation success stories and ask your legislators to protect the programs that are critical to land conservation, our public health and environment.
Connecticut is home to the third most land trusts in the country! Together our voices are strong!
With appreciation for all you do,
P.S. Find State and Federal Policy updates and briefing papers HERE.
With the state legislative session set to end on June 7, we're in the final push! Please watch for more updates and alerts ... and THANK YOU in advance for speaking up!