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CT Environmental Groups Fight Any Cuts

October 18, 2017 By Staff
CT Environmental Groups Fight Any Cuts

Connecticut remains without a budget, which is setting off alarm bells on Wall Street.

Connecticut’s League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has released a new scorecard, and many Connecticut lawmakers have seen their scores suffer as of late:

Compared with 2016, the average score on pro-environmental issues this year dropped in the Senate from 92 percent to 62 percent. But Democrats did better than Republicans. The scores of Senate Democrats dropped from 94 percent to 77 percent and Senate Republicans dropped from 89 percent to 47 percent. Only two Senators received a 100 percent score.

Connecticut remains without a budget, which is setting off alarm bells on Wall Street.

But without a budget, Connecticut’s green programs are also in clear danger. With cuts and potential tax hikes looming, Connecticut’s environmentalists see their years of expansive “landmark climate change programs” in jeopardy:

Burch was joined this week by representatives of 10 other environmental groups in denouncing tens of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to green energy programs in dueling budgets from the General Assembly’s Democratic and Republican caucuses.

While some find fault with bipartisan budget talks, without a budget Connecticut’s environmental goals, like many programs, remain sidelined, if not destined for defunding.