UPDATE: May 4, 2016
Thanks to those of you who responded to our request for last-minute legislative advocacy – our efforts have met with success!
We are happy to report largely good news from the state budget negotiations that took place over the past 36 hours: Connecticut Humanities would be mostly restored in the budget lawmakers negotiated with the governor just before the regular session adjourned. We now await the outcome of a special session expected to start May 12.
Thanks to all of you who have engaged with our advocacy efforts this year through op-ed commentaries or letters to the editor, testimony at the State Capitol, participation in Rally Day, and/or letters, emails and phone calls to lawmakers. Please continue to communicate with your lawmakers until the budget passes the House and Senate! You make a real difference!
May 2, 2016
Your voice really can make a difference! Please help save funding for Connecticut Humanities
We need your help! Governor Malloy’s most recent budget proposal eliminates ALL dedicated funding to Connecticut Humanities (CTH). These cuts threaten to bring an end to such long-standing CTH programs as ConnecticutHistory.org, Poetry Out Loud, Book Voyagers, Teach It, and others. In addition, the governor’s proposal largely eliminates the funding support CTH provides to its partners, including Connecticut Explored magazine, Connecticut History Day, and the Connecticut League of History Organizations. It also threatens to zero out CTH’s granting pool, the one source many of Connecticut’s history and heritage organizations have to turn to in order to fund the programs that keep them both vibrant and relevant.
Your help is critical. We ask that you please contact your legislators and ask them to restore funding to Connecticut Humanities.
Not sure who your legislators are? You can find them here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
Not sure what to say? You can copy and paste the below message:
In light of Governor Malloy’s recently proposed budget cuts, I ask that you please restore dedicated funding for Connecticut Humanities in the state budget at the reduced level recommended in the April 26 budget proposed by legislators.
Thank you for your help at this most critical time. Your voice really can make a difference!