Funding for Open Space Grant Program at Risk
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Status of the CIA in latest Biennial Budget proposals
- House and Senate Republican Joint Proposal (Sept. 12): Eliminates 100% of funding for CIA programs for open space conservation, farmland preservation, historic properties and affordable housing for the next two years. View proposal, page 2
- Governor's Compromise Proposal (Sept. 8): Does NOT cut the CIA
- House and Senate Democrat Proposal (August 21): Does NOT cut the CIA
The Governor and the Democrats are working on a final biennial budget that may be voted on tomorrow, Thursday (9/14). We need a final grassroots push in support of maintaining CIA funding.
Please contact your legislators TODAY
- Please contact your state legislators and ask them to oppose cuts to the CIA and to communicate their opposition to the leadership of their respective caucuses.
- Important! Please share your community's CIA project success stories as well as those that are in the queue and dependent upon CIA funding for completion! View a town-by-town list of CIA projects
Elimination of the CIA in the next biennial budget threatens the future of the entire program, including DEEP's Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA).
Please take action TODAY!
Thank you for all you continue to do to support land conservation in your community!
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
P.S. Use the talking points below or share CLCC's Opinion Editorial about the CIA with your legislators. I'd appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your email too!
Talking Points in Support of the Community Investment Act
- The CIA is a Dedicated Fund -- It Should be Respected as Such! The CIA was established as a DEDICATED REVENUE SOURCE OUTSIDE OF THE BUDGET to provide consistent funding for reinvestment into our communities for open space, farmland/dairy support, historic properties, and affordable housing programs.
- Raiding Dedicated Funds Violates the Public Trust! The public counts on dedicated funds as a consistent source of revenue in support of important programs, irrespective of tough fiscal times.
- The CIA Benefits all Communities! Funded through a $40 surcharge on local recording fees, the CIA has invested over $153 million for 1,400 projects across all four sectors in 168 Connecticut towns -- and the numbers continue to increase!
- The CIA is Critical to Land Conservation! The CIA is the only consistent source of funding for DEEP's OSWA grant program. The continued cuts to CIA funds jeopardizes the amount of money available for the current grant round (applications submitted as of February 2, 2017) and the very future of the OSWA program.
- The CIA is an Economic Driver! CIA investments boost local and state economies (projects have contributed to the viability of the $873 million outdoor recreation industry and the $3.5 billion agricultural industry).
- The CIA Leverages $$$! CIA investments leverage millions of matching funds.
- The CIA = Jobs! CIA projects have created over 3,000 jobs in affordable housing and historic preservation, and over 28,000 jobs in the agricultural industry.
- CIA PROTECTS NATURAL RESOURCES! DESCRIBE YOUR TOWN'S CIA SUCCESS STORY!
- Visit the CIA website for more information.