Act Today to Support State Parks & Campgrounds!

Please Ask Governor Malloy to Include Revenue Raising Solutions for State Parks & Campgrounds in the Budget

 

The Problem

The Governor is preparing the FY 2018-19 Budget (to be released on February 8th) and a cut to the State’s General Fund Budget of 8-10% appears likely.

If this cut is applied to the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) it would result in closing campgrounds as well as most State Parks and public facilities this July. 

Some Solutions

CLCC supports proposals to generate additional revenues that would offset the anticipated budget cuts and avoid closures:
  • Example:  “Passport for the Parks” is a proposal which would both generate an estimated $14.3 million dollars/year from a $10 charge on DMV registration for motor vehicles (paid every other year), and would enable all vehicles with Connecticut license plates to enter State Parks for free. 

 

Revenue-generating solutions for the State Parks and campgrounds must be included in the Governor’s Budget or it will be very difficult for them to be adopted by the General Assembly.  

Your Action

Please contact Governor Malloy BEFORE THE END of JANUARY to urge him to include revenue-generating solutions for the State Parks and campgrounds in the Budget.  A short,  personal message is best, including:

  • A description of why your favorite State Park or Forest is important to you.   
  • A reminder that State Parks are worthwhile investments and economic drivers – providing over $1 billion in revenues each year and supporting over 9,000 jobs.  
  • Click HERE to view detailed talking points compiled by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). 
  • View more background information from CFPA HERE.

Contacting Governor Malloy

  • By email, click HERE
  • By letter: Governor Dannel P. Malloy; State Capitol; 210 Capitol Avenue; Hartford, CT 06106; or send a Fax: (860) 524-7396 
  • By phone:  (860) 566-4840

Thank you!  

Together, we will advocate for the funds and policies that enable you to protect the special places that define your community, keep air and water clean, and create a lasting legacy for generations to come.

With best regards,

Amy

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director

P.S.  Protecting funding and capacity for DEEP to support acquisition, management (including state parks  and forests) and inventorying of public lands and for other critical land and natural resource protection programs is an annual policy priority for CLCC.  View our 2017 Conservation Agenda HERE.