Public Hearing on the Governor’s Proposed Budget.  We Can’t Go Back!

CT Arts Alliance | Feb 24, 2023

We need our voices to be heard!

UPDATE: We want to be clear that we are OPPOSING the Governor’s budget because it does not adequately fund arts, culture and tourism.

The Conservation and Development subcommittee of Appropriations is holding a public hearing on Monday, February 27 at 5 PM and is inviting written and oral testimony on the Governor’s proposed budget for FY2023 and 2024. This budget puts arts, culture and tourism funding back to 2019 levels. We can’t go back! 

This is an important opportunity to present the Funding Roadmap as an alternative. The Conservation and Development subcommittee of Appropriations will most likely be the next stop for any bill supporting the Roadmap. The hearing will be attended by Appropriations leadership, who will be key supporters when the bill lands in Appropriations. And, Appropriations is where the money is allocated for the next two years.

We know you may have just participated in yesterday’s Commerce Committee public hearing. If so, THANK YOU! More than 40 folks from the arts, culture and tourism communities testified in person or on Zoom and another 100 or more submitted written testimony. Those who prepared testimony for this hearing can simply adapt it and resubmit for Monday’s hearing.

If you weren’t able to participate in today’s hearing, now is the time to get involved. We won’t get meaningful, reliable, and equitable funding unless we all raise our voices together.

Visit here to download the action alert that gives you important instructions and talking points to use. Registration closes on Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM.