Statement from Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, on the Appropriations Committee’s proposed spending plan for FY22-23:

“Today’s budget proposal is a remarkable and historic investment in a nonprofit system that touches every city and town in our state.

“Connecticut’s community nonprofits, which have struggled for more than a generation for proper funding to provide vital services every day to thousands of people across the state, thank the Appropriations Committee for proposing an unprecedented long term funding plan to address their needs.

“Connecticut has increasingly relied on community-based nonprofits to provide a wide range of services since closing state-run institutions more than 30 years ago. But in that time, funding for nonprofits, which contract with the state, has never kept pace with demand and increasing costs. After decades of underfunding, The Alliance estimated that nonprofits have fallen $461 million behind – a lack of funding that became even more acute when the coronavirus pandemic struck providers on the front lines of health care and closed arts venues.

“The Appropriations Committee understood our history and our needs. We thank Senator Osten and Representative Walker, and the members of the committee for supporting this proposal, and we urge the General Assembly and the Governor to approve this plan in the final budget.”