Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Community Investment Act, An Important Source of Open Space Acquisition Funds, Is Threatened in Hartford

One of the only vehicles for funding land conservation in Connecticut right now is the Community Investment Act.

Since it began in 2006, the Act has funded 88 projects, permanently protecting 2,707 acres of open space and 15 community gardens. In addition, the money spent and its multiplier effect have been a tremendous economic benefit to the state.

Unfortunately Governor Malloy now wants to use the money in the Community Investment Act to help reduce the state's deficit. He will be asking the General Assembly next week for the authority to do so.

Connecticut Audubon Society and the rest of the conservation community in the state thinks this is a bad idea.

Please call or write the Governor and key legislators to let them know you don't want them to raid the community investment act.

Visit our Conservation Blog, here, for more information, including phone numbers and email addresses of elected officials.

-- Tom Andersen, Director of Communications and Community Outreach

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