Governor Malloy's proposed two-year budget (for FY 2015-17) would eliminate state support for many of your favorite heritage and cultural organizations statewide. His plan would eliminate two-thirds of the Connecticut Humanities Council budget, 75 percent of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation's budget, and 60 percent of the Connecticut League of History Organization's budget. Elimination of state funding would also profoundly affect support for the publication of Connecticut Explored magazine, the History Day in Connecticut program, the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition and other staples of our state’s cultural landscape.
Connecticut Humanities, in partnership with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut Historical Society, and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, is planning a “Rally Day” at the State Capitol on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8, 2015. We hope that you and other friends of humanities and history in Connecticut can arrange to join us in person for an unprecedented show of support for Connecticut's heritage.
- 1:00 p.m. Briefing from Connecticut Humanities, overview of issues, address from CTH and CHS lobbyists (room 1D of the Legislative Office Building)
- 2:55 p.m. Participants head to Connecticut State Capitol’s Hall of Flags
- 3:00 p.m. News conference in the Hall of Flags, State Capitol
- 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Reception and special exhibition in Hall of Flags
**Participants are encouraged to make appointments to meet with their legislators during the day or join a group meeting coordinated by CTH and CHS lobbyists.**
Limited free parking is available in the Legislative Office Building parking garage and on the north Capitol grounds. Please allow time to pass through security (similar to airport security). Click here for more information about parking and directions.
Other Ways You Can Help:
- Share your opinion with Governor Malloy.
- Write an editorial for your local newspaper.
- Join the #CTPlacesMatter photograph campaign.
- Encourage others you know who are passionate about the humanities and history in your region to express their support as well.
For a complete list of how you can help, and up-to-date Rally Day information, visit CTPlacesMatter.org
Thank you in advance for your critical support with this effort. The magnitude of the proposed budget cuts this year are such that this will not be a perfunctory replay of the last two budget cycles. The threat is real, with $600 million in proposed cuts and many competing interests desperately making the best cases they can.
If you believe that history and heritage matter in Connecticut and that funding for cultural institutions is vital to Connecticut’s vibrancy and economic competitiveness, then we hope to see you on April 8. We’re optimistic that by working together we can achieve a positive outcome!