Growing Connecticut’s Farm Economy
Agriculture has been a key part of Connecticut’s past and must continue to remain an important part of our state’s economy. There are more than 6,000 farms in Connecticut which contribute $4 billion to the state’s economy. As governor, I will support our farms and the thousands of jobs they create across the state. Over the past several months I’ve visited farms around Connecticut and have seen the challenges they face.
Below are my priorities to help out the state’s agricultural economy:
- A reduction in the income tax will help attract labor to Connecticut’s farms and grow the state’s small farms.
- I will support a stand-alone, cabinet-level Department of Agriculture.
- I will support the continuation and funding of the Community Investment Act and the programs that it funds to support Connecticut’s farms – We do not need legislators raiding funds during tight budgets.
- I will oppose changes to PA 63-490 that would decrease access to farmland for farmers.
- I will continue to support the state’s Farmland Preservation Program which has protected over 40,000 acres across the state.
- I will work to ensure that small farmers and first generation farmers have access to community banks and fair loan rates.