by David Brant
Executive Director, Aspetuck Land Trust
Blueberry patch at the 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve.
Photo Credit:Red Shoe Film
Join us for a Regional “Conservation” Conversation with Legislators at the Trout Brook Valley Preserve Blueberry Patch
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:Trout Brook Valley Preserve Blueberry Patch, Easton
Join Aspetuck Land Trust and our co-host the Connecticut Land Conservation Council and local legislators as we visit a “conservation success story” in our own back yard which was made possible, in part, by funds from the State of Connecticut.
The success story we are highlighting is Aspetuck Land Trust’s 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve which was purchased by Aspetuck Land Trust in 1999 for $11.3 million with a $6 million grant from the State of CT. Thousands of people enjoy hiking in Trout Brook Valley annually and it is a beautiful and beloved open space in our region. Imagine if this property was a golf course and luxury housing development instead of what it is today — a beautiful public open space enjoyed by thousands annually!
Enjoy a fun, informal walk in the Trout Brook Valley blueberry patch and apple orchard, pick blueberries (inclement weather cancels) and talk with your state legislators, other elected officials, and Aspetuck Land Trust staff and board members. The event is free and open to land trust members and others interested in open space and the beauty and benefits it provides to us all.
Please bring your own water. Bags for blueberry picking will be provided by Aspetuck Land Trust.
As you may have heard, Governor Malloy this week announced he is requesting $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study on the impact of electronic tolling in Connecticut.
Toll legislation has been considered by the General Assembly each of the past five years, and it has never gotten a floor vote. Significant public opposition to putting another financial burden on Connecticut taxpayers has prevented its passage in the legislature.
In the face of that opposition, the governor issued an Executive Order requiring the DOT to prepare a toll proposal and study how much it would cost commuters. However, I don’t think we need a study to show the implications of tolls because they are obvious – it will make living in Connecticut even more unaffordable than it already is.
We already allocate to transportation: two gas taxes, the tax on out-of- state trucks, one half point of the CT sales tax, the sales tax on new cars, all sorts of fees, and borrowed money. We should be reducing the tax burden on families and businesses, not increasing it.
My caucus has sent a proposal to Governor Malloy to address our transportation needs without imposing tolls – proposals that have been ignored.
To that point, I would like to share with you a letter my colleagues – House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Finance Committee Ranking Member Chris Davis – wrote to the governor asking him to remove the request from the Bonding Commission’s agenda.
I stand with my colleagues in urging the Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s $10 million request as well.
The Commission is scheduled to meet on July 25.
Click on the image below to read the full letter:
Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions about items on the State Bond Commission agenda or any other state issue.