Oppose Budget Cuts to Connecticut State Parks
From the Connecticut Forest & Park Association
On February 17th (this Friday) the CT General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee is holding a public hearing on the Governor’s FY 2018-19 Budget. Take 15 minutes to express your concerns about the Governor’s Budget using the following instructions:
- Address your email to the Appropriations Committee via APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov;
- Copy your email to your State Representative and State Senator [https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/me
- Blind copy me on your email via email@example.com.
In your email, feel free to use some of the following points (please put this in your own words and use an example of a State Park that you care about to make your note more personal):
“Dear Appropriations Committee,
am concerned about the proposed FY 2018-19 Governor’s Budget because it would:
- Continue the cuts from this year (FY 2017) which resulted in a 45% cut in seasonal workers, closure of 3 campgrounds, and reductions in services for the public across the state.
- Cut the Community Investment Act by 50% and divert funds from open space protection, farmland preservation, affordable housing, historic preservation, and a safety net for dairy farmers.
- Eliminate the Council on Environmental Quality, a lean, effective environmental watchdog state agency.
- Reduce Department of Energy & Environmental Protection professionals by another 24 positions when DEEP has already lost over 200 positions over the past decade.
Continuing to cut the budget for DEEP is undermining its critical role of protecting State Parks and Forests, the waters of the State, air quality, wildlife, and generally safeguarding Connecticut’s quality of life. My favorite State Park/Forest is important to me because … State Parks provide over $1 billion/year and support over 9,000 jobs and are worth the investment (every $1 invested in the Parks returns $38 to Connecticut’s coffers). The great value that State Parks and Forests provide to Connecticut can be lost if they continue to be cut and neglected. We hope the Committee will take the following actions: 1) support a dedicated, non-lapsing account where revenues generated by DEEP can be used to hire seasonal workers, maintain State Parks, and provide critical public services; and 2) support ideas such as the Passport to the Parks which generate NEW revenues to offset the proposed cuts.
Your name and town of residence”
Thank you for your support of your State Parks and Forests, and of CFPA!
All the best,
Eric Hammerling, Executive Director