Preserving Connecticut’s Natural Beauty
Connecticut’s natural beauty and diverse geography is one of our state’s unique characteristics. From miles of coastline, to numerous lakes, endless hiking trails, and more — Connecticut’s landscape offers a little bit of everything. Public lands, beaches and parks are a great source of pride for our residents and I plan to keep it that way. Under the Malloy Administration, several properties owned by the state were sold off or leased — without the knowledge and consent of the public. I support the ballot initiative that you will see in November which would block the state from selling land without public knowledge. These lands are ours to share, not the state’s to raid.
In 2017, roughly $150 million was diverted from energy efficiency programs to fill gaps in the budget. Lawmakers transferred ratepayer dollars from the Energy Conservation and Load Management funds to the General Fund. A bill from the past legislative session would have blocked this type of action — which has been done across state government. Our environment must be protected, and lawmakers should not be using dollars reserved for environmental purposes to make up for budget shortfalls.
Our state parks are a great tourism asset and give visitors a reason to visit Connecticut. From hiking, to swimming, fishing, to cross-country skiing, and everything in between these parks offer the opportunity to leverage our assets and provide opportunities for small businesses to thrive. We can balance environmental sustainability and economic growth by working hand-in-hand with private partners and making sure that environmental regulations exist that make sense and not just a few extra cents.