Budget and Special Session Update as of July 12, 2017
Updates ... August 20, 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 08/20/17: Legislators reportedly now targeting the week of Sept.11 for a possible vote to end the months-long state budget stalemate. View August 16 Hartford Courant article.
Stay tuned! We will continue to keep you posted.
- House Democrats Budget Proposal documents attached below.
- House Republicans Budget Proposal
- Follow budget updates using the CT Mirror Budget Tracker
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:
- Bonding for open space and trails
- Saving the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Read CLCC's Op Ed.
- Saving DEEP!
- Funding mechanisms for State Parks, Conservation Districts, and other programs that protect public health and the environment.
If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.
With best regards,
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director